Lucia Soberanes Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016


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“Brilliant ruby-red. Highly perfumed mineral-accented red and dark berry cola and incense aromas show a sexy floral overtone. Sappy seamless and penetrating on the palate offering intense black raspberry cherry cola and allspice flavors that deepen slowly on the back half. Plays power off finesse with a sure hand and finishes impressively long and sweet with harmonious tannins coming in slowly. Drinking window: 2021-2028. 95 points

Jeff and Mark Pisoni described the 2016 Santa Lucia Highlands growing season as “completely uneventful and that’s a great thing” according to Mark. The Pisoni name is inextricably linked to the fame of the region for the family’s grape-growing excellence (Mark covers that and their legendary father Gary is still involved) and Jeff’s winemaking successes have brought even greater recognition for their work in recent years. Those who follow the Lucia wines which are sourced entirely from estate-grown fruit are going to love these 2016s which are balanced to age but also show abundant up-front fruit and suppleness that make them awfully easy to drink even now. Incidentally the Pisonis’ high-altitude Susan’s Hill vineyard which was planted to Syrah in 1982 is producing an exceptional wine and I count this 2016 version as among the best New World renditions of the variety that I have tasted this year.”

Josh Raynolds, Vinous (10/18)