2012 Sierra Mar Vineyard Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir •Sierra Mar Vineyard
California: 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
Siduri is named for the Babylonian Goddess of wine, who, in Babylonian mythology, held the wine of eternal life. Siduri is also the realization of a dream we have shared since we met 15 years ago, in our native Texas, and realized our mutual love of Pinot Noir.
Buoyed by the belief that we could become winemakers and make our own Pinot Noir, we left our families and jobs in Texas and moved to California’s Sonoma wine country. We spent several years working at small, family owned wineries, using any and all free time to learn everything we could about growing grapes and making wine. In 1994 we launched Siduri Wines with our first release, which was met with great critical success and led us to search for additional high quality Pinot Noir grapes.
Today, Siduri produces single vineyard Pinot Noir from 20 different vineyards stretching from Santa Barbara north to Oregon’s Willamette Valley. We have been fortunate enough to establish relationships with top tier growers/vineyards including: Pisoni, Van der Kamp and Clos Pepe . All of our 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 our single varietal focus.