ROAR “Santa Lucia Highlands” Chardonnay 2017

ROAR Wines is a small family winery specializing in small lots of Santa Lucia Highland’s Pinot Noir, Syrah and Chardonnay. Both Gary and Rosella Franscioni grew up in California’s agricultural heartland where Gary’s family has farmed for over 100 years. After graduating from Cal Poly with a degree in agribusiness, Gary took over the running of the family farm business, which owned and managed over 200 acres of row crops in the Salinas Valley. Recognizing the region’s potential for premium wine grapes, they planted their first vineyard in 1996 and named it for Rosella. In 1997 they planted the Garys’ Vineyard in partnership with their good friends and fellow grape growers, the Pisoni family. Since then they’ve planted two more vineyards; the “high-altitude” Sierra Mar Vineyard located at 1000ft above the valley floor and the Soberanes Vineyard, located on one of the region’s oldest land grants.

 In 2001, after working with several wineries to develop the pedigree of the vineyards and the region, they began making their own wine. “As third generation growers, the goal with ROAR Wines is to make small lots of wine that are a pure reflection of the Santa Lucia Highlands, and in particular, the signature flavors of the vines,” says Gary. The name ROAR comes from the sound of the Monterey Bay winds that roar through the vineyards, as well as the thrilling sound of a roaring crowd.

Lifted citrus and floral aromas open the gates to a rich depth of textured fruit. White peach and lemon cream fill the palate, enveloped by woodsy herbs, green tea, and jasmine. These fruit and floral elements continue to blossom over time, as a thread of graphite emerges to wind through a bright fruit finish layered with hints of crème brulée and honey.

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