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  • Lucia Garys’ Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014


    “Bright ruby-red. Heady, floral- and spice-accented aromas of ripe red and dark berries, vanilla and incense, lifted by a smoky mineral quality. Sappy, impressively deep and pure, offering alluringly sweet black raspberry, cherry cola, and candied rose flavors and a hint of star anise that builds in the glass. The floral and vanilla notes come back emphatically on the finish, which hangs on with superb tenacity and lingering sweetness. Drinking window: 2019-2025. 94 points

    Mark and Jeff Pisoni, along with their father Gary, have been taking their estate vineyards and wines to an even higher level of quality in recent vintages, as this year’s set of releases makes clear. The Lucie wines, made by Jeff at the family’s winery up north in Santa Rosa (Mark oversees the vineyards), are heady and seductively perfumed across the portfolio, offering intense fruitiness, serious heft and deft use of new oak. They’re also balanced and structured to age, if one can resist their youthful allure. The Pisoni Vineyard supplies—or has supplied—fruit to a number of California’s premier Pinot Noir producers, including Central Coast wineries like Testarossa, ROAR, Miner and Bernardus, and also to others based in northern California, such as Siduri, Patz & Hall, Peter Michael, Kosta Browne, Capiaux, Flowers and Miura. The 40-acre vineyard is split into 20 different parcels, virtually all Pinot Noir except for a tiny bit of Syrah that’s used to make the Lucie Susan’s Hill bottling. The Pinot is what is called the Pisoni clone, whose origins, according to legend, lie somewhere in Vosne-Romanée. That clone is also planted in the 35-acre Soberanes Vineyard (essentially 27 acres of Pinot Noir and 8 of Chardonnay but also including a bit of Syrah), which was established in 2008 in partnership with the Franscioni family (ROAR), who are long-time friends and neighbors of the Pisonis. The Pisonis are also partners with the Franscionis in the 50-acre Garys’ Vineyard, which they planted in 1996.”

    Josh Raynolds, Vinous (10/16)

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  • Lucia Pinot Noir 2018


    “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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  • Lucia Soberanes Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016


    “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)

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  • Pisoni Estate Pinot Noir 2017


    “Vivid red. Smoke-accented black raspberry, boysenberry, cherry cola and candied rose aromas are complicated by suggestions of star anise and vanilla. Silky, sweet and broad in the mouth; densely packed red and blue fruit and spicecake flavors show alluring sweetness and pick up floral pastille and exotic spice flourishes as the wine opens up. Youthfully chewy tannins add shape to an extremely long, focused finish that leaves behind sappy red berry liqueur, floral and Moroccan spice notes. Drinking window: 2022-2030. 94 points”

    Josh Raynolds, Vinous (11/19)

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