Lucia Pinot Noir 2018

£46.99

“Deep crimson. Intensely perfumed red and blue fruit, floral oil and baking spice qualities on the expressive nose, along with hints of cola and licorice. Juicy and precise, offering concentrated black raspberry, boysenberry and floral pastille flavors that take on a five-spice powder accent with air. Plays power off delicacy with a deft hand and finishes extremely long and supple, with polished tannins framing lingering blue fruit and candied rose notes. Drinking window: 2022-2029. 93 points

The Pisoni family has long been synonymous with the Santa Lucia Highlands, and its wines and their farming roots here go back to 1952, when Gary Pisoni’s parents established their vegetable farm in Gonzalez. Gary took the initiative to plant vines in 1982, and the rest is well-known history to Pinot Noir fans. His sons are now fully in charge, with Mark watching over the family’s meticulously maintained vineyards and extensive vegetable plantings and Jeff making the wines at their facility up in Santa Rosa. The Lucia wines have long been ensconced in the upper quality tier of this region’s Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays, and the 2018s extend that streak. There’s some new oak showing right now, unsurprisingly, but the wines’ intense fruit shines through clearly. While they display somewhat more restrained personalities than their 2017 siblings, these are definitely full-flavored, concentrated wines that beg for patience.”

Josh Raynolds, Vinous (10/20)

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