Wine Enthusiast 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.
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
From the winemaker:
Spicy, dark, and dense are the words that come to mind while tasting our 2014 Sierra Mar Pinot Noir. Deep aromas of plum and blackberry jam open up to include brighter elements of perfumed oak and anise, offering an intriguing interplay between bright and dark. This wine seems to brighten over time bringing cherry syrup and high tones of seared portabella mushroom to the mix, and while the finish starts out with a lean basin of oak and spice, it then floods with a medley of fruit and fruit jam, fleshing out an already complex, lingering palate. 648 cases produced
Grapes for our 2014 Sierra Mar Vineyard Pinot Noir were harvested September 3-30th at 25.9-27.3 brix. The juice spent an average of 27 days on the skins before being pressed to French oak barrels (100% French, 69% new Francois Freres, Remond, Ermitage, Latour and Cadus) for 11 months aging. The wine was racked once, and bottled unfiltered and unfined in August 2015.
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