2012 Sierra Mar Vineyard Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir •Sierra Mar Vineyard
California: Monterey County: Santa Lucia Highlands
Today’s Siduri Wines 2012 Sierra Mar Vineyard Pinot Noir is the first wine we’ve featured from winemaker Adam Lee. After tasting today’s wine we decided that his reputation for crafting incredible Pinot is well deserved.
Today’s wine was sourced from the Sierra Mar Vineyard, which is quickly becoming the rising star of the Santa Lucia Highlands appellation. With wines like today’s, it’s easy to see why! Today’s treat is a delicious Pinot that veers directly to the bold expression of the varietal, or, as one of our tasting panel members described it, today’s wine “immediately wakes up to say hello.” Supple, smooth, and bursting with fruit flavor, today’s wine is a Pinot lover’s dream.
If you love your Pinot on the bolder side of the tracks, please don’t hesitate to snap up a few bottles of today’s Siduri treat. You won’t be disappointed!
On the darker side for Pinot, with a delightful cherry red color.
A Pinot that immediately wakes up to say hello. Extracted, deep fruit flavors of black cherry and blackberry mingle with subtle toasted oak, black peppercorn, lavender, and dark baking spices.
Incredibly bold and lush on the palate, with very fruit forward flavors. Deep, deep notes of braised dark cherry, blackberry, and mulberry shine through, with additional hints of tobacco leaf, rosemary, dried berry bramble, and rhubarb.
A blockbuster of a Pinot, with bold and stunningly delicious flavors. The finish is supple, with pleasant acidity and a delightful drying effect on the sides of the palate.
Grilled pork tenderloin, served with a red wine and wild mushroom sauce drizzled overtop.
What the Winery Says
The Sierra Mar Vineyard is quickly becoming the rising star of the Santa Lucia Highlands appellation. Certainly the setting is impressive, islands of grapes in the hills overlooking the Salinas Valley. Gary Franscioni pumping water two miles up hill just to reach these vineyard outposts. But in the world of winemaking, a stunning location is only truly impressive if it reveals itself in equally stunning wines. We have no doubts that is happening at the Sierra Mar Vineyard.
92 Point Review - Robert Parker A bigger, richer wine that doesn’t quite have the vibrancy of the other single vineyards, the 2012 Pinot Noir Sierra Mar Vineyard, from vines planted in 2007, offers up a rich, weighty feel in the mouth, with plenty of darker berry fruit, lavender, licorice and wood-spice emerging from the glass. It should hit prime drinking a couple years after the vintage and have 5-7 years of evolution.
93 Point Review - PinotFile Moderately dark reddishpurple color in the glass. Nicely perfumed with aromas of Bing cherries, red rose petals and potpourri. Mouth watering flavors of peak-ripened fruits including black cherry, black raspberry and strawberry. Very smooth and seductive on the palate with welcoming concentration, finishing with a pleasing burst of robust fruit flavor. The wine picks up interest and intensity over time in the glass and the balance is spot on, portending a long life ahead.
91 Point Review - Wine Enthusiast Dryness, tannins and acidity characterize this Pinot Noir. They make it severe, but there’s a huge heart of raspberries that makes it score high on the deliciousness factor. You can certainly enjoy it now, but it will evolve until 2020.
91 Point Review - Connoisseur’s Guide One of the highlights in this range, 2012 Pinot Noir Sierra Mar Vineyard is shaping up to be a jewel. Dark red cherry, plum, tobacco, menthol and new leather are some of the many aromas and flavors that blossom in the glass. A wine of notable textural finesse and silkiness, the 2012 impresses for its harmony. There is plenty of near-term appeal in this expressive, layered Pinot
- Adam Lee
- 92 Points - Robert Parker, 93 Points - PinotFile, 91 Points - Wine Enthusiast, 91 Points - Connoisseur’s Guide
- Santa Lucia Highlands
- Sierra Mar Vineyard
About the Winery
At Siduri, our winemaking goal is to produce Pinot Noir that best captures the distinct flavor and character of a given vineyard site. To that end, we focus only on Pinot Noir (Siduri makes no other varietals) and only from sites that provide us with exceptional fruit. We are fanatical in our protection of the vineyard flavor and are determined not to let any overt winemaking components mute the personality of an individual vineyard.
With the help of our partner growers and our small, but tireless, winery crew, we produce more than 20 limited production Pinot Noirs, representing one of the most extensive Pinot offerings of any California winery.
Winemaker Adam Lee
Adam Lee was born on September 12, 1964 in Austin, Texas. He was raised as a Southern Baptist and thus never drank alcohol growing up – a somewhat unusual background for someone in the wine business. He attended Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, graduated in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in History and found employment at Austin Wine & Spirits.
Austin Wine & Spirits was a hotbed of wine sales as well as the sponsor of the local Les Amis du Vin chapter. There Adam was able to taste some of the great wines of the world… the Burgundies of Bobbie Katcher, the Italian wines of Marco de Grazia, and German wines of Terry Thiese as well as the great 1985 and 1986 Bordeaux vintages and the 1984-1987 California vintages.
Adam showed a great affinity for fine wine, moving from salesperson to Assistant Manager to Manager and finally to President. Eventually, Adam left Austin Wine & Spirits, became wine buyer for Neiman Marcus in Dallas and held tastings with such wine luminaries as Michel Chapoutier and Claude Taittinger.
Working in the Epicure Dept. was a young lady named Dianna Novy, who was destined to become his wife.
Buoyed by the firm belief that they could become winemakers and make their own Pinot Noir, both he and Dianna left Texas and moved to California’s Sonoma wine country. Adam spent several years working at small, family owned wineries, using any and all free time to learn everything he could about growing grapes and making wine. In 1994 he and Dianna launched Siduri Wines with their first release, which was met with great critical success.
Today, Siduri produces single vineyard Pinot Noir from 20 different vineyards stretching from Santa Barbara north to Oregon’s Willamette Valley. This winemaking couple have been fortunate enough to establish relationships with top tier growers/vineyards including: Pisoni, Van der Kamp and Clos Pepe. All of their Pinot Noir is produced unfiltered and unfined in an effort to maximize the expression of these very diverse sites.
Siduri is unique in the breadth and depth of its single varietal focus.