2017 Roar Garys' Vineyard Pinot Noir


2017 Roar Garys' Vineyard Pinot Noir


Winemaker Notes

Combines classic leather, dark fruit and earth with cherry cream, cola, and sage-like chaparral. The herb and leather elements bring balance to a palate full of dense berry and jam. Toasty oak notes extend through the finish, and as it opens up, this wine continues to reward the palate with a seamless, complex expression of Garys' Vineyard and the cooler end of the Santa Lucia Highlands.

Critical Acclaim


Wine Enthusiast

Macerated strawberry and raspberry aromas meet with sumac and more red spice on those nose of this bottling from the iconic vineyard. There is compelling richness to the black cherry and Alpine strawberry of the palate, and then an underlying layer of dark star anise spice rises into the finish.


Jeb Dunnuck

Both deeper and darker than the Rosella’s Vineyard, the 2017 Pinot Noir Garys' Vineyard offers more blackberry, toasted spice, dried earth, and some garrigue-like notes, with just a hint of background oak. It too is medium-bodied, elegant, and seamless on the palate, with beautiful balance.


Wine Spectator

Refined and precise, with good cut to the dried red currant and raspberry flavors, backed by firm acidity and silky tannins. Savory and underbrush notes emerge on the powerful finish. Drink now through 2024.


Connoisseurs' Guide

Vying for top honors among an altogether impressive collection of 2017 Pinots from Roar, this one from Garys’ Vineyard is rife with generous and juicy, ripe cherry fruit and is decked out with a lovely, well-considered complement of creamy oak. It is as lively as it is rich with the balance, the depth and the fruity stamina to make for easy predictions of an increasingly attractive future ahead, and, although it is young and arguably a touch simple at the moment, the only thing that stands between it and compelling complexity is a bit of cellar time. Set is aside for a few years and watch it grow!

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