Number 32 April 23, 2009
Special new item
This is another of the impossible-to-find-here things and the only Pinot Noir. We know that we’re the only place you can get it in West Tennessee, and most likely the whole state.
Roar Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands Garys' Vineyard 2007 $49.00 Wine Spectator 91 Rich, fleshy and full-bodied, with a tightly focused core of plum and black cherry fruit that fans out into wild berry and spice, ending with a touch of jam and ripe tannins. Drink now through 2014. 650 cases made. The 2007 vintage hasn’t been reviewed by Parker yet but 2004, 2005 and 2006 were all rated 94.
From the Roar web site: About ROAR Wines We are a family winery specializing in small lots of Santa Lucia Highland's Pinot Noir, Syrah and beginning in the summer of 2009, Chardonnay. Our roots in the Santa Lucia Highlands are quite deep. Both Gary and Rosella grew up in California's agricultural heartland where Gary’s family has farmed for over 100 years. After graduating from Cal Poly with a degree in agribusiness, Gary took over the running of the family farm business, which owned and managed over 200 acres of row crops in the Salinas Valley. Recognizing the region's potential for premium wine grapes, we planted Rosella's Vineyard in 1996. We also co-own and manage the Garys' Vineyard with Gary Pisoni of Pisoni Vineyard. Both vineyards have developed a reputation among high-end wineries for low yields of intensely flavored grapes. In 2007 and 2008, we planted two new vineyards; our own "high altitude" Sierra Mar Vineyard, which is located six miles south of Garys' Vineyard
at 1000 ft elevation; and the Soberanes Vineyard, just south of Garys' Vineyard, which we are developing in partnership with the Pisoni family. After working with several wineries to develop the pedigree of the vineyards and the region, we decided in 2001 to make our wine. As third generation growers, our goal with ROAR Wines is to make small lots of wine that are a pure reflection of the Santa Lucia Highlands and in particular the signature flavors of our vines. The name ROAR comes from the sound of the Monterey Bay winds that roar through our vineyards as well as the thrilling sound of a roaring crowd. We hope you enjoy our wines and thank you for your support and for spreading the word about ROAR Wines to your family and friends. Gary & Rosella Franscioni For those of you that aren’t that familiar with pinot noir, two of the most famous pinot noir vineyards are Garys’ and Rosella’s. Other than Roar, we currently have three other pinot noirs from Garys’ Vineyard and four from Rosella’s Vineyard. And this is Gary and Rosella’s wine. The winemaker is Ed Kurtzman. His consultants are Adam and Dianna Lee from Siduri. We think these people know what they’re doing.