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American Syrah: Can it Ever Rival Pinot Noir?

 SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

Santa Lucia Highlands: Pinot Noir on the Edge

DAILY-CHRONICLE.COM

2016 (Vintage) Could Be a Stunner For ROAR 

VINVILLAGE RADIO

Interview with Adam Franscioni, ROAR Wines 

GEAR PATROL MAGAZINE

The 15 Best Pinot Noirs from California (Spoiler Alert, ROAR is one of them!)

WINE & VINES MAGAZINE

Article on ROAR SF Winery with Adam Franscioni

CRN RADIO – MICHAEL HORN

Adam Franscioni Interview 

2015 Vintage

Vinous

2015 ROAR Sierra Mar Vineyard Pinot Noir

94pts Brilliant ruby-red. Ripe black raspberry and cherry cola aromas are complemented by suggestions of exotic flowers, Indian spices and woodsmoke. Plush, sweet and seamless on the palate, offering densely packed red and dark berry and cherry liqueur flavors that become more energetic with aeration. In a rich but impressively vibrant style thanks to its core of juicy acidity. Finishes silky, focused and extremely long, delivering building spiciness and smooth, harmonious tannins. – Josh Raynolds

2015 ROAR Rosella’s Vineyard Syrah

93pts Inky ruby. Powerful, expansive aromas of cassis, cherry, incense, potpourri and olive paste, along with a mineral nuance that adds vibrant lift. Stains the palate with concentrated, mineral-accented dark berry and spicecake flavors that pick up violet pastille and cola nuances with air. Smooth, slow-building tannins add shape and grip to an impressively long, sharply focused finish that emphatically echoes the mineral and floral notes.  – Josh Raynolds

2015 ROAR Garys’ Vineyard Syrah

94pts Vivid, youthful purple. Smoke- and spice-accented black and blue fruits, violet pastille and Indian spices on the expressive nose. Offers palate-staining cherry compote, blueberry and spicecake flavors that are lifted and sharpened by a spine of smoky minerality. Gains flesh and weight with air while retaining an impressively light touch and finishes alluringly sweet and extremely long, displaying an echo of blue fruit and round, slow-mounting tannins. – Josh Raynolds

2015 ROAR Pisoni Vineyard Pinot Noir

94pts Bright ruby-red. Explosive red and dark berry liqueur, Asian spice and incense aromas, with a smoky mineral nuance adding vivacity. Sappy, sweet and expansive on the palate, offering juicy raspberry, boysenberry and floral pastille flavors joined by hints of five-spice powder and white pepper that build steadily on the back half. Smooth and seamless in texture, showing silky, harmonious tannins and outstanding, floral-driven persistence. – Josh Raynolds

2015 ROAR Soberanes Vineyard Pinot Noir

93pts Intense red. A deeply perfumed bouquet suggests fresh dark berries, cola, vanilla and potpourri, and a floral nuance emerges with air. Offers plush, expansive blackberry and cherry liqueur flavors that tighten up slowly and become sweeter with air. Conveys a suave blend of richness and energy on the impressively persistent finish, which is framed by subtle, fine-grained tannins. – Josh Raynolds

2015 ROAR Garys’ Vineyard Pinot Noir

93pts Limpid ruby-red. Sexy red berry preserve, incense and Asian spice aromas, along with suggestions of cola and vanilla. Sappy, smooth and penetrating on the palate, offering juicy black raspberry, bitter cherry and spice cake flavors that become sweeter as the wine opens up. Seamless and densely packed yet nervy as well, finishing with strong, fruity thrust and silky tannins that arrive late. – Josh Raynolds

2015 ROAR Rosella’s Vineyard Pinot Noir

93pts Ruby-red. Sexy, spice-accented dark berry and spicecake aromas show excellent clarity and are complemented by suggestions of vanilla and candied rose. Offers palate-staining blackberry, bitter cherry and floral pastille flavors that tighten up slowly in the mid-palate and pick up an exotic hint of five-spice powder. Finishes smooth, sappy and youthfully tannic, with strong persistence and resonating floral and spice notes. – Josh Raynolds

2015 ROAR Sierra Mar Vineyard Chardonnay

93pts Limpid yellow-gold. Deeply pitched pear nectar, tangerine and honeydew scents are complemented by hints of dusty minerals and white flowers. Fleshy and impressively concentrated, offers palate-caressing pit and orchard fruit flavors that show a striking blend of depth and vivacity. Tightens up slowly on the mineral-accented, majestic long finish, which leaves honeysuckle, pear and candied orange notes behind. – Josh Raynolds

 

2015 ROAR Soberanes Vineyard Chardonnay

92pts Light, bright gold. Heady nectarine, pear and floral aromas show very good clarity and pick up a smoky mineral quality as the wine opens up. Juicy and concentrated in the mouth, offering intense orchard and citrus fruit and honeysuckle flavors that are underscored by a vein chalky minerality. Shows excellent energy and lift on the sappy finish, which leaves a sexy floral note behind. – Josh Raynolds

2015 ROAR Sierra Mar Vineyard Viognier

92pts Green-tinged yellow. Aromas of ripe orchard fruits, tangerine and honeysuckle, plus a hint of sweet butter that builds in the background. Juicy and expansive on the palate, offering concentrated Meyer lemon, pear nectar and melon flavors that are given spine and lift by a vibrant mineral undertone. Displays excellent clarity and spicy thrust on a long, broad and sappy finish that shows no rough edges. – Josh Raynolds

Wine Spectator

2015 Pisoni Vineyard Pinot Noir

93pts Remarkable for the richness and range of flavors, this offers a mix of wilted rose, licorice, light loamy earth and spice accents. Best from 2018 through 2024.— James Laube

2015 Sierra Mar Vineyard Viognier

91pts Offers an appealing lemon curd note, with vanilla custard, honeysuckle and peach cobbler accents that linger. Juicy, smooth, lush and a touch spicy on the finish. – Mary Ann Worobiec

Tasting Panel Magazine

94pts 2015 Garys’ Vineyard  Pinot Noir

Prince of Pinot

2015 ROAR Garys’ Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

93pts Lovely cherry pie aroma with a hint of red rose and toast. The arsenal of black cherry, black raspberry and blackberry fruits have impressive purity, ever-expanding in the mouth and on the finish. Ripe but not too ripe. There still is a bit of oak hangover from bottling, but this is sure to integrate over time. This vineyard always delivers the combination of virility and charm.

2015 ROAR Sierra Mar Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

92pts Aromas of Bing cherry, spice and sous-bois lead off. Quite juicy in the mouth, with middleweight core of black cherry and black raspberry flavors that are expansive. Silky in texture, with a compliment of toast and caramel, energized with adequate acidity, and finishing with some length revealing young, dry tannins.

2015 ROAR Sierra Mar Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay

92pts This is at first take a bombastic wine, yet with further examination yields considerably complexity. Aromas of salt air, lemon oil, pineapple and other tropical fruits, nuts and buttered toast lead to a boldly flavored wine with tastes of citrus, pear, tropical fruits, white chocolate and blond caramel. Mouth filling with a viscous mouthfeel, yet enough acidity to propel the wine through a bright finish.

 

California Grapevine

2015 Garys’ Vineyard Pinot Noir  –  92pts

2015 Sierra Mar Vineyard Pinot Noir  –  91pts

2015 Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir  –  90pts

2014 VINTAGE

Wine Enthusiast Magazine

2014 ROAR Garys’ Vineyard Pinot Noir

Top 100 Wines of the Year (# 18) 

Wine Advocate

2014 Roar Soberanes Vineyard Pinot Noir

93pts Coming all from the Pisoni clone, the 2014 Pinot Noir Soberanes Vineyard is one of my favorites in the lineup. Medium-bodied, fresh, focused and elegant, with a lively, age-worthy feel, it offers exotic notes of spring flowers, plums and black cherries. It’s a beautiful wine that will be better this time next year, and will drink well for 7-8 years after that.  – Jeb Dunnuck

2014 Roar Pisoni Vineyard Pinot Noir

92pts The 2014 Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard, which took a full 30 days to ferment dry, is a beautiful wine. Giving up lots of red fruits (I normally find more dark fruit from Pisoni), crushed rock, spice and spring flowers to go with a medium-bodied, tight, vivid and fresh profile on the palate. It’s nicely balanced, and while it needs a year or two of bottle age to come together, it will have a decade of overall longevity. – Jeb Dunnuck

2014 Roar Rosella’s Vineyard Syrah

95pts Possessing a drop dead gorgeous bouquet of black cherries, spring flowers, plums, peppery herbs and underbrush, the 2014 Syrah Rosella’s Vineyard is medium to full-bodied, seamless and polished on the palate, with a beautiful elegance and purity to its fruit. It has plenty of tannin, but they’re perfectly ripe, and this sensational California Syrah can be enjoyed anytime over the coming decade or more. – Jeb Dunnuck

2014 Roar Soberanes Vineyard Chardonnay

91+pts From a cooler site, the 2014 Chardonnay Soberanes Vineyard offers lots of minerality as well as classic apple/orchard fruits and a hint of honeysuckle. Nicely concentrated, textured and with good acidity, it’s slightly reserved and closed at the moment, but it will be better this time next year and keep through 2022. – Jeb Dunnuck

2014 Roar Rosella’s Vineyard Chardonnay

95pts Leading off the whites, the 2014 Chardonnay Rosella’s Vineyard is a gorgeous, crisp, white flower, stone fruit and cream corn-scented beauty that has fabulous intensity and depth, all paired with an elegant, silky, seamless style. Drink it over the coming 4-6 years. – Jeb Dunnuck

2014 Roar Sierra Mar Vineyard Pinot Noir

92pts Gary commented that after Rosella’s, the Sierra Mar vineyard is the most difficult blend to agree on. The 2014 Pinot Noir Sierra Mar shows the more savory, spice-driven style of all of these 2014s and has lots of red fruits, currants and underbrush to go with a medium-bodied, elegant and nicely balanced style on the palate. Despite its charming profile, it has solid depth and I suspect it will evolve nicely through 2024. – Jeb Dunnuck

2014 Roar Sierra Mar Vineyard Viognier

90pts Coming from a tiny half acre of Viognier vines in the Santa Lucia Highlands, Roar’s 2014 Viognier Sierra Mar Vineyard gives up lots of tropical fruits, lemon, pineapple and tangerine notes in a medium-bodied, balanced, lively style. It shows more Viognier floral and peach characteristics with time in the glass and is a delicious, outstanding Viognier to drink over the coming couple of years. – Jeb Dunnuck

2014 Roar Rosella’s Vineyard Pinot Noir

92pts The 2014 Pinot Noir Rosella’s Vineyard is another silky, savory effort from Roar that offers lots of dried spice, dried flowers and red fruits as well as medium-bodied richness, a supple texture and outstanding length. It shows the fresher style of this site and is already drinking beautifully. Nevertheless, it should keep through 2024. – Jeb Dunnuck

2014 Roar Garys’ Vineyard Syrah

94pts I found the two Syrahs to have hit slightly higher peaks of quality than the Pinot Noirs from this estate in 2014. The 88-case 2014 Syrah Garys’ Vineyard offers terrific, full-bodied and complex notes of cassis and black raspberry fruits, pepper, dried flowers and ample earth and minerality in a balanced, elegant, focused style. This is a gorgeous California Syrah that represents a smoking value at this quality level. – Jeb Dunnuck

2014 Roar Sierra Mar Vineyard Chardonnay

92pts More fresh and lively, with vivid notes of lemon curd, white flowers and crushed rocks, the 2014 Chardonnay Sierra Mar is medium-bodied, silky and crisp, with nicely integrated acidity and a outstanding length. It too should drink nicely for 4-6 years. – Jeb Dunnuck

2014 Roar  Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

90pts Moving to the reds and a mix of all five single vineyards, the 2014 Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands offers tons of charm in its savory red fruits, dried spice and underbrush aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied, rounded and ready to go, drink it over the coming 3-4 years. – Jeb Dunnuck

2014 Roar Garys’ Vineyard Pinot Noir

91pts Seeing a touch of whole clusters in the fermenter, the 2014 Pinot Noir Garys’ Vineyard is another pretty, savory wine that offers lots of red currants, dried cherries, spice and herbs, with a touch of the Garys’ vineyard minerality and dried earth emerging with time in the glass. Medium-bodied, nicely textured and balanced on the palate, with good acidity, drink bottles over the coming 5-6 years. – Jeb Dunnuck

Antonio Galloni Vinous

 2014 Sierra Mar Vineyard Viognier

91pts Green-tinged gold. Honeydew melon, nectarine and a touch of Meyer lemon on the deeply perfumed nose. Silky and open-knit, offering juicy orchard and pit fruit flavors and a suave floral nuance. Closes sappy and seamless, displaying strong, floral persistence and a refreshing jolt of bitter orange pith. Quite nervy for a New World rendition of this variety.– Josh Raynolds

2014 Rosella’s Vineyard Chardonnay

92pts Limpid yellow. Fresh honeydew melon, grapefruit and pear on the intensely perfumed nose, complicated by suggestions of jasmine and vanilla. Juicy and energetic on the palate, offering an array of fresh orchard and citrus fruit flavors and a spicy ginger nuance. Shows impressive energy and cut on the incisive finish, which features a sexy floral quality.– Josh Raynolds

2014 Soberanes Vineyard Chardonnay

92pts Bright yellow. Pear and peach nectar, honey and smoky lees on the powerfully scented nose, joined by slowly emerging floral and mineral nuances. Silky and concentrated on the palate, offering hefty orchard and pit fruit flavors and a refreshingly bitter touch of quinine. The floral and smoke notes return on the spice-tinged finish, which hangs on with impressive tenacity.– Josh Raynolds

2014 Sierra Mar Vineyard Chardonnay

93pts Light yellow-gold. A complex bouquet evokes ripe citrus and orchard fruits, iodine and pungent flowers, and a hint of smoky lees emerges with air. Sappy, penetrating and impressively deep, offering palate-staining lemon curd, pear nectar and toasted brioche flavors that are lifted and given spine by juicy acidity. Distinctly rich yet lithe, finishing with superb energy and lingering floral and mineral notes.– Josh Raynolds

2014 Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

91pts Brilliant red. Suave, highly perfumed red berry, candied rose and vanilla scents carry hints of musky herbs and allspice. Sweet, seamless and penetrating on the palate, offering juicy raspberry and floral pastille flavors and a touch of mocha that builds in the glass. Lingers with very good, spicy persistence; gentle tannins come in late to lend shape to the juicy red fruit.– Josh Raynolds

2014 Rosella’s Vineyard Pinot Noir

92pts Vivid ruby-red. A highly perfumed bouquet evokes ripe red berries, Asian spices and cola, plus a smoky mineral topnote. Sappy, alluringly sweet and energetic on the palate, offering intense raspberry and rose pastille flavors that open up nicely with aeration. The cola and mineral notes reappear on a strikingly long, spice-accented finish that’s framed by supple, well-integrated tannins.– Josh Raynolds

2014 Sierra Mar Vineyard Pinot Noir

93pts Brilliant ruby. Energetic scents of spice-accented strawberry, cherry cola and Asian spices, plus a hint of potpourri. Spicy and focused on the palate, offering appealingly sweet red berry and floral pastille flavors that fan out slowly on the back half. The floral and spice notes echo emphatically on an impressively long, silky finish that features harmonious tannins and building sweetness.– Josh Raynolds

2014 Garys’ Vineyard Pinot Noir

93pts Deep ruby. Sexy dark berry aromas pick up suggestions of Asian spices and smoky minerals as the wine opens up. Pliant, palate-staining blackberry liqueur and floral pastille flavors are given lift and focus by zesty acidity and a suggestion of white pepper. The spice and floral qualities repeat strongly on the impressively tenacious finish, which features smooth tannins and resonating dark berry character.– Josh Raynolds

2014 Soberanes Vineyard Pinot Noir

92pts Full ruby. A highly perfumed bouquet evokes Chambord, Asian spices, cola and vanilla, plus a bright mineral overtone. Sappy, appealingly sweet and penetrating on the palate, offering juicy raspberry, cherry cola and rose pastille flavors that tighten up slowly with air. The floral and mineral notes carry through a very long, spicy and seamless finish, which is framed by harmonious tannins.– Josh Raynolds

2014 Pisoni Vineyard Pinot Noir

93pts Bright magenta. Highly perfumed aromas of black raspberry, boysenberry and cherry cola are complemented by hints of potpourri and star anise. Seamless and fleshy in the mouth, offering juicy dark berry, bitter cherry and vanilla flavors and a suggestion of spicecake. Expands steadily on the impressively long, energetic finish, which features harmonious tannins and a resonating floral pastille quality.– Josh Raynolds

2014 Garys’ Vineyard Syrah

93pts Brilliant purple. Pungent black and blue fruits, potpourri and woodsmoke on the intensely perfumed nose. Displays a suave blend of depth and vivacity; zesty acidity adds lift and cut to sweet blackberry, violet pastille and star anise flavors. Lush and seamless in texture, this sexy wine finishes with subtle tannins, repeating smokiness and a strong echo of candied flowers.– Josh Raynolds

2014 Rosella’s Vineyard Syrah

92pts Youthful purple. Vibrant dark berry, violet and Indian spice aromas are lifted and sharpened by a peppery nuance. Seamless, broad and supple on the palate, offering sweet black and blue fruit and spicecake flavors that tighten up slowly on the back half. Shows impressive clarity and floral lift on the gently tannic finish, which hangs on with strong, sweet tenacity.– Josh Raynolds

 

Wine Enthusiast

2014  Garys’ Vineyard Pinot Noir

97pts   Jaw-dropping on all fronts, this wine by the pioneering Franscioni family approaches regional perfection. Black plum fruit meets with dried violet and lavender on the extremely well-integrated nose, while a mineral tension frames the palate. Flavors of black plum and blackberry jam are cut by rocky earth and wild mint, and the acidity is vibrant but not overpowering. – Matt Kettmann

2014 Sierra Mar Vineyard Pinot Noir

95pts A stunning bottling from the Franscioni family, this shows exotic cinnamon, crystallized black-cherry juice, fresh black raspberry and graphite on the extremely elegant, soft and inviting nose. There’s a tension between ripe black raspberry and everything else on the palate, from fennel and black pepper to black slate minerality. It’s a seamless wine. – Matt Kettmann

Wine Spectator

2015  Sierra Mar Vineyard Viognier

91pts Offers an appealing lemon curd note, with vanilla custard, honeysuckle and peach cobbler accents that linger. Juicy, smooth, lush and a touch spicy on the finish. – MaryAnn Worobiec

2014 Pisoni Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands

91pts Notes of baking spices, nutmeg and cinnamon add dimension to the delicate plum and wild berry flavors, held in check by dusty, cedary tannins. –  James Laube

2104 Rosella’s Vineyard Pinot Noir

93pts A seductive style, with fleshy plum, cherry, raspberry and floral notes. Maintains a graceful presence through the finish, gaining a little tannic flex on the aftertaste. – James Laube

2014 Soberanes Vineyard Pinot Noir

92pts Chewy licorice notes commingle with ripe plum and raspberry flavors in this supple and floral version. Tight, firm and closed now, this will be worth the wait. – James Laube

2014 Garys’ Vineyard Syrah

92pts Plump, supple fruit surrounds a structured core of lively tannins and acidity, making this a great package. Notes of blackberry, smoky spice box and grilled anise build on the finish. – Tim Fish

2014 ROAR Rosella’s Vineyard Syrah

95pts Offering striking depth and polish, this Syrah is irresistible now but will improve in the cellar. Floral blackberry and smoky pepper aromas open to rich, plush flavors of tapenade, cured meat and blueberry that linger. – Tim Fish

2014 Garys’ Vineyard Pinot Noir

90pts Full-bodied, offering rich, supple fruit balanced by potent, tea-stained tannins, making this an engaging tug-of-war, with the fruit pulling through. Drink now through 2021. – James Laube

2014 Sierra Mar Vineyard Viognier

91pts The peach and melon flavors are ripe and unctuous, showing overtones of vanilla custard, spice and honeysuckle. Generous and lingering on the long finish, with fresh acidity weaving in and out. Drink now. – MaryAnn Worobiec

California Grapevine

2014 ROAR Garys’ Vineyard Pinot Noir

92pts  Medium-light to medium ruby color; attractive, forward, raspberry and cherry fruit aroma with notes of dried herbs and vanilla; medium-full body; deep, rich, plush, plummy, earthy, cherry and red berry fruit flavors with bright acidity and a silky mouthfeel; medium-full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Shows elegance and some complexity as it developed with airing, though deserving several more years of bottle aging. Very highly recommended. – Nick Ponomareff

2014 ROAR Sierra Mar Vineyard Pinot Noir

90pts Medium-light to medium ruby; attractive, spicy, raspberry and cherry fruit aroma with hints of cardamom and ginger; medium to medium-full body; rich, textured, red fruit flavors with herbal notes and a hint of sassafras; medium-full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Deserving several more years of bottle aging. Very highly recommended. – Nick Ponomareff

 

Prince of Pinot

2014 ROAR Garys’ Vineyard Pinot Noir

91-92pts Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Very shy nose upon opening, only revealing some fruit and spice the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. More giving on the palate, with a juicy blend of dark cherry and dark berry fruits touched by oak. Silky and seductive, with style, grace and a finishing surge of fruit. The wine would benefit from another year or two in bottle. – Rusty Gaffney

2013 ROAR Sierra Mar Vineyard Pinot Noir

91-93pts Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Shy, but pleasant aromas of black cherry, raspberry and spice. A charge of well-spiced dark red and black fruits greet the mid palate and linger through a splashy finish. Highly soothing and harmonious, with a gentle grip of tannins and juicy acidity. When tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle, the wine was still shy and tight. Decanting or cellaring advised.  – Rusty Gaffney

Burghound

2014 Sierra Mar Vineyard Pinot Noir 

90pts The supple and pliant medium weight flavors once again possess a caressing and relatively sleek mouth feel that continues onto the nicely intense, focused and powerful finish that is shaped by firm but not aggressive tannins. – Allen Meadows

Examiner.com

All Stars of Pinot Noir Rock 2016 World of Pinot Noir

Gary Franscioni of Santa Lucia Highlands’ ROAR Wines was a rock star, people flocked three deep to his table, professing love and admiration for his supple and balanced Pinots. Full Story. 

 

2013 VINTAGE

Decanter

2013 ROAR Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

92pts Saying “Roar” to a California Pinot Noir lover is a little like saying “Ferrari” to an Italian, who loves cars. Some of the most luscious, concnetrated and rich Pinots in the state are made in Santa Lucia Highlands by this small producer. Besides the regular Santa Lucia Highlands bottling – Garys’ Vineyard and Pisoni Vineyard. The Garys’ Vineyard lifts off the palate like a rocket launcher and is infused with attractive flavours of peat and cranberry – a great Pinot for Scotch lovers. The Pisoni Vineyard is dense, long and muscular for a Pinot Noir. Roar gets its name from the sound of the Monterey Bay winds that roar through the wineries’ (sic) vineyards. (Burgundy lovers take note, these wines are not the “quiet music” versions of Pinot Noir.)

Wine Advocate

2013 ROAR Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

92pts This is the largest producer release; there’s roughly 1,628 cases of the 2013 Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands to go around. Made from a blend of close to equal parts Garys’, Rosella’s and Sierra Mar (with small parts from Pisoni and Soberanes), the 2013 Pinot Noir gives up gorgeous notes of black raspberries, blackberries, toasted spice, dried soil and underbrush. Medium to full-bodied, elegant, and seamless with bright acidity that is nicely integrated, enjoy this beauty anytime over the coming 5-6 years. It’s a perfect introduction into the style of wines from this estate and is well worth tracking down. – Jeb Dunnuck

2013 ROAR Garys’ Vineyard Pinot Noir

94+pts A much more masculine and mineral expression of Pinot Noir, the 2013 Pinot Noir Garys’ Vineyard comes from a site located to the south of Rosella’s and just beside Soberanes. This is a slightly warmer terroir than Rosella’s and the soils here are all sandy loam. Fermented with 15% whole clusters and aged in 65% new oak, it gives up lots of darker berry fruits, sous bois, crushed rock and peppery herbs characteristics to go with a full-bodied, rich, concentrated style on the palate. It took the most time to open up and has ample tannin, so another year in bottle is recommended here. – Jeb Dunnuck

2013 ROAR Pisoni Vineyad Pinot Noir

96+pts Maybe one of the greatest Pinot Noirs from the Santa Lucia Highlands, the 2013 Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard offers sensational notes of cassis, black raspberries, crushed rocks, spice and dried flowers to go with a full-bodied, layered, supple and seamless style on the palate. Coming from the decomposed granite soils on the southern end of the appellation, fermented with 15% whole clusters and aged in 50-70% new French oak (of which there’s no trace), drink this fabulous Pinot Noir anytime over the coming decade. – Jeb Dunnuck

2013 ROAR Rosella’s Vineyard Pinot Noir –

95pts The 2013 Pinot Noir Rosella’s Vineyard is drop dead gorgeous. Elegant and seamless with vibrant Pinot Noir fruit, spring flowers, strawberries and spice, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, an utterly seamless, silky texture, beautifully integrated acidity and a killer finish. This is Pinot Noir from the Santa Lucia Highlands at its finest; it has beautiful flavor authority and depth, yet is always elegant, graceful and lively. I’d drink this gorgeous wine over the coming 5-6 years, but I’m sure it will evolve for longer. – Jeb Dunnuck

2013 ROAR Sierra Mar Vineyard Pinot Noir

95pts The Sierra Mar Vineyard is located on the southern end of the valley and shares a lot of similarities to the Pisoni Vineyard, which is just to the south. The soils here are decomposed granite and the 2013 Pinot Noir Sierra Mar shows a vibrancy and tension that’s distinctly granite influenced. Deep, rich, and concentrated with fabulous notes of Bing cherries, black raspberries, potpourri, violets and spice, it opens up slowly in the glass and wasn’t at its best until the next day after opening. Like all of Roar’s 2013s, it’s full-bodied, impeccably balanced, and has both freshness and richness. Give it a year or so and enjoy bottles through 2026. – Jeb Dunnuck

 

2013 ROAR Soberanes Vineyard Pinot Noir

94pts  Similar in style to the Rosella’s, yet maybe even more fresh and lively, the Burgundian-styled 2013 Pinot Noir Soberanes Vineyard has lively, juicy notes of rose petals, black cherries, black raspberries, forest floor and mint to go with a lively, polished and brilliantly pure feel on the palate. Possessing higher acidity and a vibrant style, it still has excellent mid-palate depth and a great finish, all of which bode well for it drinking nicely over the coming 5-7 years. – Jeb Dunnuck

 

2013 ROAR Rosella’s Vineyard Chardonnay

95pts A total stunner, and the most voluptuous and decadent example of this cuvée I’ve tasted, the 2013 Chardonnay Rosella’s Vineyard sports a light gold color to go with sensational notes of pineapple, buttered citrus, mango and hints of almond on the nose. Full-bodied and layered on the palate with great acidity and a layered, lengthy, yet graceful texture, this shockingly good Chardonnay will drink nicely for at least 4-5 years. – Jeb Dunnuck

2013 ROAR Sierra Mar Vineyard Chardonnay

93pts Also outstanding, yet lacking a little of the vibrancy and overall excitement of the other two single vineyard Chardonnays, the 2013 Chardonnay Sierra Mar has classic orchard fruits, pineapple, butter citrus, nuts and hints of minerality to go with a full-bodied, ripe, layered and supple profile on the palate. Beautifully balanced and layered, with good acidity and a great finish, it’s a rounded, sexy Chardonnay to drink over the coming 3-5 years. – Jeb Dunnuck

 

2013 ROAR Soberanes Vineyard Chardonnay

95pts Surprisingly, the 2013 Chardonnay Soberanes Vineyard is more steely and focused than the Rosella’s (it’s normally the other way around). Similarly colored, it offers up lots of citrus, melon, toasted nuts, and white flower-like aromas and flavors, as well as full-bodied richness, zesty acidity and a clean, blockbuster finish. This is another sensational Chardonnay from this estate that can be drunk anytime over the coming 5-6 years. – Jeb Dunnuck

 

2013 Garys’ Vineyard Syrah

94pts  Almost as good as the Rosella’s Vineyard, the 2013 Syrah Garys’ Vineyard is slightly more straightforward, yet still has beautiful complexity in its black raspberry, bacon fat, spice, and subtle olive-laced aromas and flavors. It too is full-bodied, voluptuous, and sexy with sweet tannin, a great mid-palate and a big finish. This is another sensational Syrah from this team that will drink well for another decade. – Jeb Dunnuck

2013 ROAR Rosella’s Vineyard Syrah

95pts Bottled in February of this year, the inky colored 2013 Syrah Rosella’s Vineyard has a little Cornas-like characteristics in its olive tapenade, bacon fat, violet and black raspberry scented bouquet. This leads to full-bodied, seamless, fabulously concentrated Syrah that has no hard edges, beautiful purity and a great finish. This is flat out gorgeous Syrah that will drink well for at least a decade. – Jeb Dunuck

 

2013 Roar Sierra Mar Viognier

93pts: Reminding me of a Condrieu from André Perret, Roar’s 2013 Viognier Sierra Mar Vineyard offers classic Viognier flare in its ripe apricot, orange blossom, white flowers and buttered citrus bouquet. This flows beautifully to a full-bodied white that has loads of texture and richness, yet always stays lively, fresh and focused. Coming from a tiny half-acre plot of Viognier that was planted in 2007, drink this beauty over the coming 1-2 years.  – Jeb Dunnuck

Wine Spectator

2013 ROAR Rosella’s Vineyard Syrah

94pts  Bold blackberry and cracked pepper beef aromas open to rich, ripe flavors of boysenberry, black olive and smoky anise. The tannins are big but plush. Drink now through 2023.

2013 ROAR Sierra Mar Vineyard Chardonnay

90pts  Intense, with fresh, snappy green apple, pear, honeydew, citrus and tangerine notes. Exhibits a raw, pithy texture that should soften with time. Drink now.

2013 ROAR Garys’ Vineyard Pinot Noir

91pts Focused on a rich core of loamy earth and red berry, with raspberry, plum and blueberry notes, this firms mid-palate, rounding out and gaining depth and persistence. Drink now through 2021.

2013 ROAR Sierra Mar Vineyard Pinot Noir

90pts Walks a fine line between delicacy and density, with earth- and gravel-laced blueberry and wild berry notes, gaining depth and persistence on the finish. Wraps up with fine-grained tannins. Drink now.

2013 ROAR Soberanes Vineyard Pinot Noir

92pts A rich, full-bodied offering, with intense tropical fruit, pear, citrus, pineapple and guava flavors, holding focus and ending with a long, pure finish.

 

Antonio Galloni Vinous

93pts ROAR 2013 Garys’ Vineyard Syrah

Opaque purple. Dark berry liqueur, violet pastille, cola and olive paste on the highly perfumed nose. Extremely fresh and supple in texture, offering sweet black and blue fruit flavors and a sexy floral quality on the back half. This rich, lively, suave Syrah finishes with excellent clarity and length and fully integrated tannins that fade into the wine’s lush fruit. Pretty delicious already.

92pts Roar 2013 Rosella’s Vineyard Syrah

Glass-staining purple. The smoky, mineral-tinged aromas of cherry liqueur and dark berries complicated by olive, potpourri and bacon notes remind me of a northern Rhône wine. Juicy black and blue fruit flavors are enlivened by smoky minerality, gaining sweetness and depth with aeration. Finishes with impressive thrust and length, leaving cracked pepper and violet flourishes behind.

92pts ROAR 2013 Sierra Mar Vineyard Chardonnay

Brilliant yellow. Intense tangerine, pear and melon aromas, with a stony element adding lift and focus. Juicy and broad in the mouth, offering fleshy orchard and pit fruit and lemon curd flavors that become livelier as the wine opens in the glass. Clings with excellent tenacity on the finish, leaving smoky lees and poached pear notes behind.

92pts 2013 ROAR Soberanes Vineyard Chardonnay

Light yellow-gold. Meyer lemon, mango and yellow apple scents are complemented by sweet butter and toasty lees. Pliant and juicy in the mouth, offering expansive orchard and tropical fruit flavors that put on weight and pick up a smoky nuance with air. Finishes warm and broad, with building minerality and a lingering note of buttered toast.

91pts ROAR 2013 Rosella’s Vineyard Chardonnay

Pale gold. Complex, deeply pitched scents of poached pear, nectarine, ginger and honey, with smoky oak and agave accents. Concentrated pit and orchard fruit flavors show surprising vivacity, with a dusty mineral quality adding back-end lift. The gingery note comes back on the long, penetrating finish, with the pear and nectarine notes echoing.

91pts ROAR 2013 Sierra Mar Vineyard Viognier

Light, bright yellow. Pungent pear skin, jasmine and lemon pith scents are complemented by smoky minerals and ginger. Densely packed but lively too, offering crackling citrus zest and orchard fruit flavors and a refreshing jolt of bitter quinine. The mineral quality resonates on the long, floral finish.

93pts ROAR 2013 Pisoni Vineyard Pinot Noir

Full, bright ruby. Deeply pitched dark berry and cherry aromas are complemented by spicecake and lavender nuances. Sappy and seamless on the palate, offering concentrated, energetic blackberry and bitter cherry flavors that become sweeter with air. Closes smooth, broad and long, with repeating spiciness and velvety tannins that sneak up late.

92pts ROAR 2013 Sierra Mar Vineyard Pinot Noir

Vivid ruby. Heady, sexy scents of red berry preserves, potpourri and peppery spices, with a subtle smoky note gaining strength with air. Juicy, penetrating black raspberry and cherry liqueur flavors show excellent clarity and power, with zesty acidity adding spine and back-end cut. Finishes sweet, smoky and very long, with resonating floral pastille and cinnamon notes and smooth, late-arriving tannins.

92pts ROAR 2013 Garys’ Vineyard Pinot Noir

Deep ruby color. Heady aromas of ripe dark berries, cherry-cola, vanilla and licorice, with a spicy topnote that builds in the glass. Velvety and seamless in the mouth, offering sappy, penetrating boysenberry and cherry liqueur flavors that stain the palate. Strikingly intense but not at all heavy, finishing with silky tannins and noteworthy power, focus and persistence.

93pts ROAR 2013 Rosella’s Vineyard Pinot Noir

Brilliant ruby. Powerful, smoke-accented cherry, boysenberry, vanilla and allspice aromas, with a floral nuance gaining strength with air. At once broad and juicy in the mouth, offering sappy red and blue fruit flavors along with suggestions of candied flowers and spicecake. Supple tannins add shape to the impressively persistent, focused finish, which leaves lively berry and floral pastille notes behind.

90pts ROAR 2013 Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

Bright ruby. Aromas and flavors of fresh blackberry, cherry and candied rose, with cola and licorice notes adding depth. Sappy, penetrating and focused, with vibrant dark berry and bitter cherry flavors deepening as the wine opens with air. Finishes with very good thrust and slow-building tannins that fold smoothly into the wine’s juicy fruit.

Connoisseur’s Guide to California Wine

2013 ROAR Garys’ Vineyard Pinot Noir

93pts Very rich, fully ripe and a decidedly generous wine in which Roar has packed a good deal of fruity stuffing, this juicy, full-bodied opus will leave no one wanting. It is wonderfully extracted yet never errs to extremes and is surprisingly supple for a big Pinot of its age, and its tastefully oaked, ripe cherry flavors show the stamina and strength of a wine that will grow with time. While it will make memorable drinking in the short term with savory meat dishes, it is sure to improve for several years and will keep handily for a half-dozen more.

2013 ROAR Sierra Mar Vineyard Pinot Noir

91pts Hewing to the same, fully ripe lines as its mate from Garys’ Vineyard, yet similarly not a wine that is at all mired in heaviness, this slightly supple, moderately full-bodied Pinot is insistently keyed on juicy, black cherry fruit with sweet oak playing a fine supporting role. Its unabashed generosity and richness makes it a worthy match to savory meats in the near term, but it never errs to limiting softness and has room for a few years of positive growth.

2013 ROAR Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

90pts Leading with a nicely balanced mix of ripe cherries, sweet spice and a glimmer of dried flowers in the nose and following with lengthy, like-minded flavors, Roar’s appellation bottling from the Santa Lucia Highlands is a likeable effort of ample richness and size that again plays to ripeness and outgoing fruit. It is full and slightly supple in feel and offers up plenty to like now, and, like its 2013 cellarmates, it is sufficiently well-balanced to hold and improve for several years

2013 ROAR Sierra Mar Vineyard Viognier

90pts On the one hand, ripe and rich; on the other, light on its feet and youthfully vital-whichever way you want it, what you get here is a fairly full-bodied wine with the energy to make itself into a very enjoyable bottle both for now and later. Its bright peach and kiwi fruit is filled out by a touch of rich oakiness, but neither oak nor ripeness stand in the way of its supple, balanced texture and flavors.

California Grapevine

2013 Garys’ Vineyard Pinot Noir

92pts Very Highly Recommended

2013 Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

90pts Very Highly Recommended

2013 ROAR Sierra Mar Vineyard Viognier

90pts

2012 VINTAGE

Wine Advocate

(ROAR’s) 2012s are gorgeous across the board and continue to represent knockout values – Robert Parker, Wine Advocate

2012 ROAR Rosella’s Vineyard Chardonnay

93pts Showing the freshness and acid profile that’s common from this vineyard, the 2012 Chardonnay Rosella’s Vineyard gives up beautiful citrus blossom, mint, sappy herbs and hints of wet gravel in its medium-bodied, beautifully textured style. Gaining additional depth and richness with time in the glass, it’s a beautiful effort to drink over the coming 2-3 years.

2012 ROAR Sierra Mar Vineyard Chardonnay

90pts The most forward and supple of the whites, the 2012 Chardonnay Sierra Mar comes from decomposed granite and gravelly loam soils and was barrel fermented and aged 11 months in 40% new French oak. It offers up classic notes of apple blossom, white flowers, citrus and hints of brioche to go with a medium-bodied, supple, forward and delicious feel on the palate. It’s hard to resist, and I see no reason to delay gratification either.

2012 ROAR Soberanes Vineyard Chardonnay

The 2012 Chardonnay Soberanes Vineyard is another beautiful effort from this estate. Showing rocking minerality in its white peach, vanilla bean and hints of brioche, it hits the palate with an elegant, seamless and balanced profile that should evolve gracefully over the coming 3-4 years. This cuvee sees the most new oak of any of the Chardonnays, with 11 months in 50% new French barrels, but it’s perfectly integrated and stays nicely in the background. This is a classy Chardonnay.

2012 ROAR Rosella’s Vineyard Pinot Noir

94pts My favorite in the lineup, the 2012 Pinot Noir Rosella’s Vineyard offers a classy, thrillingly pure profile with black cherry, damp underbrush, licorice and spring-flower aromas and flavors all emerging from the glass. While it shows the vintage’s more forward, supple nature, it stays nicely focused, with bright acidity and an energetic, sappy texture that keeps you coming back to the glass. Give it a year and drink bottles through 2022

2012 ROAR Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

91pts Coming from five different vineyards, the 2012 Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands is another outstanding effort from this team. Loaded with ripe raspberry, licorice and crushed-flower nuances, this beautiful 2012 has a supple, forward and delicious profile that’s hard to resist. I don’t think it will make old bones, but will dish out loads of pleasure over the coming 3-4 years.

2012 ROAR Sierra Mar Vineyard Pinot Noir

92pts The 2012 Pinot Noir Sierra Mar is a medium-bodied, beautifully rich effort that has an open, rounded and sweetly fruited profile, especially when compared to the firm and focused Rosella’s. Sweet cherries, raspberries, flowers and hints of minerality all show nicely here, and it has superb overall balance, as well as ripe tannin. Showing the vintage’s forward, supple nature, enjoy this beauty over the coming 3-5 years.

2012 ROAR Garys’ Vineyard Syrah

94pts In the same mold as the Rosella’s Vineyard, the 2012 Syrah Garys’ Vineyard offers a medium to full-bodied, elegant and classic profile. Harvested at the end of October and spending 16 months in 16% new French oak, it has gorgeous Syrah black fruits, chocolate, licorice and ground pepper aromas and flavors in its nicely focused, pure and balanced style. Drink it anytime over the coming 4-5 years, although I wouldn’t be surprised to see it evolve for longer.

2012 ROAR Rosella’s Vineyard Syrah

94pts The 2012 Syrah Rosella’s Vineyard is beautifully done. Showing classic Syrah black cherry, dark chocolate, new leather and licorice-like aromas and flavors, it stays fresh and lively on the palate, with medium to full-bodied richness, juicy acidity and terrific length. It shows the cooler nature of this site and leans more toward the elegant, focused end of the spectrum. It should evolve nicely for 4-5 years.

2012 ROAR Sierra Mar Vineyard Viognier

90pts Roar’s 2012 Viognier Sierra Mar Vineyard comes from a small half-acre of vines and is 100% Viognier that went completely through malolactic fermentation. It’s a classy, textbook example of the variety and gives up pretty apricot, buttered citrus, white flowers and hints of tangerine in its medium-bodied, nicely textured and layered profile. Leaning toward the richer end of the spectrum, yet with solid freshness and purity, drink it over the coming year or two

Wine Spectator

2013 Roar Soberanes Vineyard Chardonnay

92pts A rich, full-bodied offering, with intense tropical fruit, pear, citrus, pineapple and guava flavors, holding focus and ending with a long, pure finish. Drink now.

2012 ROAR Rosella’s Vineyard Pinot Noir – TOP 100 WINES OF 2014

93pts Alluring, offering a mix of supple, graceful plum and blackberry flavors, with pretty floral scents. This is a delightfully harmonious and elegant offering, presenting deep, rich flavors and solid length and persistence. Drink now through 2022.

2012 ROAR Rosella’s Vineyard Chardonnay

92pts Offers a rich, leesy, rustic presentation, with cedary oak, ripe fig and melon hints. Edgy wood flavors stray into vanilla and butterscotch details. Drink now through 2020

2013 ROAR Soberanes Vineyard Chardonnay

92pts A rich, full-bodied offering, with intense tropical fruit, pear, citrus, pineapple and guava flavors, holding focus and ending with a long, pure finish. Drink now.

2012 ROAR Garys’ Vineyard Syrah

92pts Offers a ripe, juicy, elegant mix of dark berry, cedar, spice and licorice, showing impressive focus and purity of flavor. Graceful finish. Drink now through 2026.

2012 ROAR Rosella’s Vineyard Syrah

91pts Brimming with ripe, zesty wild berry and blackberry fruit that shows a spicy side, this is firmly tannic without being weighty, maintaining a core of fruitiness and ending with a long, full finish. Drink now through 2026. 48 cases made

2012 Sierra Mar Vineyard Viogner

90pts A rich and complex white, with flavors of peach cobbler, warm baking spices, honeysuckle and dried apricot that are rich, smooth and round, finishing with juicy acidity and an appealing note of citrus pith. Complex and persistent. Drink now

VINOUS – ANTONIO GALLONI

The always candid Gary Franscioni is one of the pioneers in the Santa Lucia Highlands. Few people know this stretch of land – with all of its complexities and nuances – more intimately. Still curious as ever, Franscioni continues to fine-tune his approach in his newly developed vineyards, and it shows in the quality of the wines. Franscioni describes 2012 as the largest crop since 2006, mostly the result of higher than normal cluster weights. In 2012, Roar did not bottle their Garys’ and Pisoni vineyard-designate Pinots, instead all of the fruit went into the appellation wine. Franscioni’s son, Adam, is playing an increasingly greater role at the winery, which ensures things will be in good hands for the next generation. Roar also has a new winemaker, Scott Shapley, who takes over for Ed Kurzman. – Antonio Galloni

2012 ROAR Rosella’s Vineyard Pinot Noir

90pts Bright red berries, cola, spices and plums are some of the notes that inform the 2012 Pinot Noir Rosella’s Vineyard.The flavors are bright, focused and articulate throughout, with sweet floral notes that add lift on the finish

2012 Sierra Mar Vineyard Pinot Noir

90pts The 2012 Pinot Noir Sierra Mar Vineyard is another pretty, supple wine with good near-term appeal. Dark red and black fruit, sweet spices and leather all flow through to the inviting finish.

2012 ROAR Rosella’s Vineyard Chardonnay

91pts The 2012 Chardonnay Rosella’s Vineyard is the most dense and exotic of the three Roar Chardonnays. Jasmine, mango, lychee, butter and almonds blossom in a rich, resonant Chardonnay built on pure texture and breadth

2012 ROAR Soberanes Vineyard Chardonnay

92pts Lemon, pastry, spices and almonds are some of the notes that inform the 2012 Chardonnay Soberanes Vineyard. Here the flavors are bright, focused and beautifully delineated in the glass. Soberanes is about 6 miles north of Rosella’s and is planted with the Wente clone, whereas Rosella’s is all Clone 96.

2012 Sierra Mar Vineyard Chardonnay

91pts Dried almonds, tangerine, dried pears and spices meld together in the 2012 Chardonnay Sierra Mar Vineyard. This is a classic Wente clone Chardonnay with a little added energy and tension from the mountain site. Sierra Mar, a dramatic rugged collection of plots, was planted with a Hyde selection of the Wente clone in 2007. Even at this early stage, it is pretty obvious what a special site Sierra Mar is.

2012 ROAR Rosella’s Vineyard Syrah

92pts The 2012 Syrah Rosella’s Vineyard is a little more lifted and aromatic than the Garys’ Syrah. Blood orange, white pepper, rose petal and dark red stone fruits all take shape in the glass. Not quite as friendly today as the Garys’, the Rosella’s is a Syrah built on savory notes and firm, incisive structure. The clonal material is Bien Nacido, Estrella and a dollop of 877.

2012 ROAR Garys’ Vineyard Syrah

92pts Roar’s 2012 Syrah Garys’ Vineyard Syrah is striking. Deep, inky and explosive, the Garys’ races across the palate with an attractive mélange of blue and black-toned fruit, smoke, leather, spices and black pepper. Hints of lavender, sage and menthol linger on a finish laced with savory overtones from the inclusion of 25% whole clusters. This is a terrific showing from Roar and the Franscioni family. The clonal material at Garys’ is all Bien Nacido

California Grapevine

2012 Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

91pts

2012 Sierra Mar Vineyard Pinot Noir

91pts

2012 Sierra Mar Vineyard Chardonnay

90pts

2012 Soberanes Vineyard Chardonnay

90pts

Wine Enthusiast

2012 Garys’ Vineyard Syrah

91pts

2012 Rosella’s Vineyard Syrah

91pts

Past Vintages