Roar is owned by Gary and Rosella Franscioni, who also own the nearby Garys' (with Gary Pisoni) and Rosella's (planted in 1996) vineyards.
ROAR was launched in 2001 to feature Pinot Noir and Syrah from Garys', Rosella's, and Pisoni Vineyards. The label was later expanded to include Soberanes and Sierra Mar vineyards (owned by the Franscionis and Pisonis), as well as Chardonnay from both vineyards.
The name "ROAR" is derived from the sound of the ocean winds that characterize the Santa Lucia Highlands. Adam and Diana Lee collaborate on the winemaking with Ed Kurtzman and Gary Franscioni.
The wines are sold primarily through a mailing list. The style is big, bold, fruit-driven, statement wines.
Articles About ROAR
2011 ROAR Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir
14.9% alc., pH 3.73, TA 0.54, 1,158 cases, $40. Pisoni, Swan and Pommard clones harvested at 26.5º Brix. Aged 11 months in 46% new and 54% 1-year-old French oak barrels. Unfined and unfiltered. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. Nicely perfumed with bright aromas of dark berry jam, plum pudding and fresh brioche. Tasty essence of dark stone and berry fruits with good concentration and a reasonably full, satiny finish. A solid, impressive appellation wine. Very good. Reviewed March 23, 2013 ARTICLE »
2011 ROAR Garys’ Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir
14.9% alc., pH 3.62, TA 0.58, 641 cases, $52. Pisoni clone harvested at 26.8º Brix.. Aged 11 months in 77% new and 23% 1-year-old French oak barrels. Unfined and unfiltered. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. Welcoming aromas of red and black berry cobbler, black cherries and clove. Delicious core of dark red fruits with a slight savory accent. Full-bodied with a seductively soft texture and very fine tannins. Beautiful integration of oak. A little big and high in alcohol for me personally, but this is a great wine in its style. Garys’ Vineyard seemed to perform beautifully in this vintage. Reviewed March 23, 2013 ARTICLE »
2007 Roar Garys’ Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir
13.8% alc.. · A very impressive wine that breaks the mold of high extraction typical of the Roar style. Nicely perfumed with black cherries and blackberry fruit. Very sensual and understated on the palate with appealing flavors of spiced berries set off by gossamer tannins and proportioned acidity. One of the best wines tasted at WOPN. Very good. Reviewed April 8, 2010 ARTICLE »
2004 Roar Garys’ Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir
14.9% alc.. · Attractive aromas of rich, ripe black cherries, root beer and sandalwood. Rich black cherry fruit core with notable oak. Still retaining some tannin. Some ash shows up on the finish which leaves a little heat in its wake. Reviewed July 9, 2009 ARTICLE »
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