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Pisoni Lucia Pinot Noir SLH Garys' Vineyard 2016

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Price: $65.00

 
*Price includes complimentary ground shipping on 6+ bottles.

96 Points
“These releases from the Pisoni family are, again, some of the top wines from California, rich, powerful wines yet that both have a terrific sense of energy and elegance. The 2016 Pinot Noir Garys' Vineyard offers a focused, elegant, medium to full-bodied style as well as terrific notes of violets, blueberries, spice and earth. It has terrific purity, elegance, and length, and is one of the finest examples I’ve tasted.” - Robert Parker’s protégé Jeb Dunnuck (6/18)

“Ever since a Pisoni Pinot Noir blew away a number of great Grand Cru Burgundies in a blind tasting I hosted at the Culinary Institute in Napa for over 100 winemakers and consumers, I have taken a special interest in following the wines from Gary Franscioni and his wife Rosella.” - Robert Parker (WA# 190)

BACKGROUND
As Jeb Dunnuck once declared in the Wine Advocate, “The Pisoni Family’s Lucia label continues to be a source of incredible wines that always over-deliver.” 

The Pisoni family has been farming Monterey County soil since the turn of the 19th century, when their ancestors immigrated to California. In 1951, Eddie and Jane Pisoni founded Pisoni Farms, a commercial produce operation in the Salinas Valley. They purchased land in 1979 high above the valley floor to graze cattle. At the time, this seemed all it was suited for. But their son Gary had other ambitions for the highland property. He wanted to make wine. 

His parents said he was nuts for wanting to plant grapes and that people go broke looking for water. This all may have been partly true. In 1982, with no water source, Gary planted his first five-acre vineyard block on an east-facing slope at 1,300 feet. After eight years of searching, he finally discovered groundwater beneath hundreds of feet of granite. He planted another seventeen acres to Pinot Noir, and it wasn’t long before California artisan winemakers started lining up to buy his grapes. 

The first vintage of Lucia debuted in 2000 with the Lucia Pinot Noir from the Garys’ Vineyard. It was the beginning of a new chapter for the Pisoni family, with Mark and Jeff Pisoni joining their father Gary to pursue a shared dream of building the family wine business and adding winemaking to grape-growing. 

Today, with Mark as grower and Jeff as winemaker, Lucia wines are considered among the finest in California.
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Kevin Bacons

*Price includes complimentary ground shipping on 6+ bottles.

96 Points
“These releases from the Pisoni family are, again, some of the top wines from California, rich, powerful wines yet that both have a terrific sense of energy and elegance. The 2016 Pinot Noir Garys' Vineyard offers a focused, elegant, medium to full-bodied style as well as terrific notes of violets, blueberries, spice and earth. It has terrific purity, elegance, and length, and is one of the finest examples I’ve tasted.” - Robert Parker’s protégé Jeb Dunnuck (6/18)

“Ever since a Pisoni Pinot Noir blew away a number of great Grand Cru Burgundies in a blind tasting I hosted at the Culinary Institute in Napa for over 100 winemakers and consumers, I have taken a special interest in following the wines from Gary Franscioni and his wife Rosella.” - Robert Parker (WA# 190)

BACKGROUND
As Jeb Dunnuck once declared in the Wine Advocate, “The Pisoni Family’s Lucia label continues to be a source of incredible wines that always over-deliver.” 

The Pisoni family has been farming Monterey County soil since the turn of the 19th century, when their ancestors immigrated to California. In 1951, Eddie and Jane Pisoni founded Pisoni Farms, a commercial produce operation in the Salinas Valley. They purchased land in 1979 high above the valley floor to graze cattle. At the time, this seemed all it was suited for. But their son Gary had other ambitions for the highland property. He wanted to make wine. 

His parents said he was nuts for wanting to plant grapes and that people go broke looking for water. This all may have been partly true. In 1982, with no water source, Gary planted his first five-acre vineyard block on an east-facing slope at 1,300 feet. After eight years of searching, he finally discovered groundwater beneath hundreds of feet of granite. He planted another seventeen acres to Pinot Noir, and it wasn’t long before California artisan winemakers started lining up to buy his grapes. 

The first vintage of Lucia debuted in 2000 with the Lucia Pinot Noir from the Garys’ Vineyard. It was the beginning of a new chapter for the Pisoni family, with Mark and Jeff Pisoni joining their father Gary to pursue a shared dream of building the family wine business and adding winemaking to grape-growing. 

Today, with Mark as grower and Jeff as winemaker, Lucia wines are considered among the finest in California.



Ratings Sources

RP - Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
WS - Wine Spectator
CWA - California Wine Advisors
JS - James Suckling
IWR - International Wine Review

Winery Pisoni Estate

Vineyard Designate Garys'

AVA

Region Santa Lucia Highlands