2010 Siduri Pinot Noir Gary's Vineyard

Year: 2010
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 91-93
Connoisseurs' Guide: 92
Red Wine
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"Pure and delightfully fruity, with fresh, lively plum, wild berry and black cherry fruit that takes on a measure of crushed rock, loamy earth, black tea and black licorice. The tannins are ripe, but this needs time. Best from 2013 through 2022." (WS)

"The 2010 Pinot Noir Garys’ emerges from the glass with layers of sweet red fruit, flowers and spices. It shows the more elegant side of Garys’ in its silky tannins, expressive bouquet and refined personality. This is understated and classy from start to finish. Clean, saline notes support the fruit beautifully. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2020.

Husband and wife team Adam Lee and Dianna Novy make some of the most compelling wines in the Central Coast. The Siduri label focuses on Pinot Noir, while the Novy label (Dianna’s maiden name) is used for all other varieties. The strengths are the Pinots from the Santa Lucia Highlands. Another strength is the regional Pinots, which are also some of the finest values readers will find in American Pinot Noir (and Syrah under Novy). The single-vineyard designates are the best barrels from each site, while barrels that don’t make the cut go into the straight Santa Lucia Highlands and the Santa Rita Hills bottlings, a pretty straightforward approach. The only thing is that sometimes blended wines can be greater than the sum of their individual parts, which is why this approach is still used by a small number of traditionally minded producers in regions such as Piedmont and the Rhone. The Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Rita Hills Pinots are without question the wines that offer the biggest bang for the buck here. The other wines are more variable across both labels, especially as one moves away from the Santa Lucia Highlands. I tasted the 2010s from tank, where the wines were awaiting imminent bottling, plus a selection of 2009s from bottle. The 2010s are the product of an unusual vintage. Vintage 2010 was, on average, a cool growing season with some heat spikes towards the end of the maturation cycle. These conditions resulted in wines with both higher sugars and acidities relative to the 2009s. Vintage 2009 was much more consistent across the board. The harvest took place between September 7 and October 12. Adam Lee reports he had more physiological ripeness in 2009 than in most years and was therefore able to use more whole clusters than in any year since 2005." (WA)

"This combination of vintner and vineyard has hit the mark more than once, and winemaker Adam Lee has followed last year's success with another lovely effort. Ripe without excess and very keen in deep black-cherry fruit, the wine is full and leans a little to plushness with fine acidity keeping it upright and alive. It is tasty right now, but it will find increased complexity and range if allowed to age, and it deserves to be set aside for at least a few years. Reviewed: February 2012" (CG)