2007 Roar Pinot Noir “Garys’ Vineyard” Santa Lucia Highlands.
This wine is a stunner, no question this is one of the best Garys’ Vineyard Pinots made by Roar to date, kudos to Gary Franscioni and his wine maker Ed Kurtzman, who took over from Siduri’s Adam Lee for this vintage. This vintage is full bodied and lavish in everyway, with deep layers and amazing texture and richness. The wine starts with a heady perfume of violets and sweet fruits with a smoky touch, leading to a huge palate full of blackberry, plum and a core of cherry fruit, with flashes of currants, allspice, mint leaves, mocha and sweet vanilla cream. This is a dramatic and ripe fruit driven Pinot Noir that is fantastic now, but it will gain intensity and depth with short term cellaring. Everything here is delivered in style and class, with soft tannins and a super long finish. ($55-60 Est.) 94-96 Points, grapelive