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2003 Loring Wine Company Garys' Pinot Noir

ITEM 7953583 - Removed from a subterranean, temperature and humidity controlled residential cellar; Purchased direct from winery

Bidder Quantity Amount Total
benfr7 2 $20 $40
chrsh9 0 of 2 $19 $0
becha1 0 of 2 $18 $0
2 $15
Item Sold Amount Date
I7953583 2 $20 Sep 19, 2021
I7948686 1 $20 Sep 12, 2021
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RATINGS

90Robert M. Parker Jr.

...aromas of black currants, cherries, plums, damp earth, licorice, and underbrush. The sweet palate opens to reveal expansive, concentrated, bold, exuberant flavors as well as enough acidity to provide definition and vibrancy.

90Wine Spectator

Intense and tightly focused on a juicy core of ripe, racy, zesty wild berry and blackberry fruit. Excellent balance, depth and concentration, with the tannins in the right proportion. Finishes with high-toned berry fruit.

PRODUCER

Loring Wine Company

Loring Wine Company was started by Brian Loring, who has written that “my obsession is Pinot Noir.” Located in Lompoc, on the Central Coast, Loring produced its first commercial vintage in 1999. Loring sources its grapes from Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo County, the Santa Lucia Highlands, the Sonoma Coast, the Russian River Valley and Willamette Valley in Oregon. He makes only about 3,000 cases annually and is best known for his Pinot Noir, though he also makes Chardonnay. Robert M. Parker Jr. has called Loring’s wines “intensely fruity, soft, consumer-friendly Pinots…”

REGION

United States, California, Central Coast, Santa Lucia Highlands

Santa Lucia Highlands AVA is a 12-mile long, narrow strip of an appellation wedged along the eastern hillsides of the Santa Lucia mountain range. Given its proximity to Big Sur and the Gabilan Mountain Range to the northeast, Santa Lucia a cool-climate wine growing district. Morning sun is often followed by maritime winds and fog in the afternoon, a weather pattern that prolongs the growing season and means long, gentle ripening of the grapes. Spanish missionaries planted vineyards in the district in the 18th century, but it wasn’t until the 1970s that modern winemakers planted vineyards and began making high quality wine. The district received AVA status in 1991 and today there are 6,000 vineyard acres in the Santa Lucia Highlands. Pinot Noir is the dominant grape planted, followed by Chardonnay and Riesling.

TYPE

Red Wine, Pinot Noir

This red wine is relatively light and can pair with a wide variety of foods. The grape prefers cooler climates and the wine is most often associated with Burgundy, Champagne and the U.S. west coast. Regional differences make it nearly as fickle as it is flexible.