2011 August West - Pinot Noir Sierra Mar Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands
"Gary Franscioni’s Sierra Mar Vineyard is a high altitude vineyard offering spectacular views of Salinas Valley. Because it sits above the fog line, it benefits from warmer days and riper fruit. The 2011 is a wonderfully balanced and decidedly ripe Pinot Noir with notes of cedar, ripe plums, black cherry and grilled fennel." -SFWTC Staff
Wine Advocate: 91 Points
"Impressive and with a firm, big-boned feel, the 2011 Pinot Noir Sierra Mar Vineyard presents loads of red currant and blackberry styled fruit, spice box, pepper and underbrush aromas and flavors as well as a big texture that partially conceals all of the underlying tannic structure. Possibly more structure than fruit, its evolution will be something to watch, but I think it will come together with another year or so in the cellar. Drink 2015-2021."
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