Roar Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands 2008
Medium and bright ruby color, with a good fruity nose of ripe cherries, blueberries and root beer. The full palate has very good acidity and has all the flavors of the nose with the addition of raspberries and cinnamon. The acidity and oak on the finish blend nicely with the fruit and spice.
External Reviews for Roar Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands
Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the October 2010 issue. If we have noted a certain atypical restraint in more than a few 2008 Pinots from the Santa Lucia Highlands, this very rich, fully ripened wine is bursting with sweet, black cherry fruit and is, to our minds, a fairly classic rendition of Pisoni fruit. It is a flashy, full-bodied, very forward wine to be sure, but it is not overdone and proves that balance and beauty are well within the reach of even very ripe wines.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Drinkable now. Further bottle aging can improve this wine.
"Rating: 94/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the October 2010 issue. Deep
Rating: 94/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the October 2010 issue. Deep, very precise Pinot Noir fruit is joined by just the right measure of sweet oak in the beautifully proportioned young wine, and, while showing the kind of fruity richness and depth that marks Rosella's Vineyard at its best, it is also among the more mannerly and carefully balanced offerings that we have seen from the site. Its impressions of polish and structure convince that it will grow for a few years at least, but we can see where its immediate charms may make cellaring a bit easier said than done.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Drinkable now. Further bottle aging can improve this wine.
Grapes for the 2008 Garys Vineyard Pinot Noir were harvested between September 22nd and October 3rd at 25.9brix and spent an average of 22 days on the skins before being pressed to French oak barrels for 11 months aging. The wine was racked once and bottled unfiltered and unfined on August 18th, 2009. Sold Out at Winery Cases :710 price/bottle $50 Alcohol 14.9% T.A. 0.59 pH3.62 Clones:Pisoni Aging: 11 months Cooperage:100% French.,70%new, (Remond, Francois Freres, Ermitage) Tasting Notes: Very deep ruby color, with a bright nose of rose petals, plums, black cherries and toast. The palate is ripe with big berry and chocolate flavors and is framed by soft acidity and round tannins. There is a long finish with a good balance of fruit and oak.