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Sierra Mar Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands

Owned by Gary and Rosella Franscioni, this coastal vineyard is planted on land that has been in their family for three generations. Meaning “Mountain Sea” in Spanish, Sierra Mar sits at just over 1000 feet and is one of the highest altitude vineyards in Santa Lucia Highlands. This high elevation paired with the naturally thin soils pave the way for low yields of highly intense fruit.

Varietals: Pinot Noir

Planted: 2007

Owner/Farmer: Gary and Rosella Franscioni

Soil: Decomposed granite / gravelly loam

Site/Climate: Maritime climate with strong coastal winds blown in from Monterey Bay. Foggy mornings with sunny, breezy afternoons keep the southeast-facing slopes much cooler than the Salinas Valley just east.