From the Winemaker
Perched at an altitude of 1,300 feet, Pisoni Vineyard overlooks the fertile Salinas Valley to the east. People told the visionary Gary Pisoni that grapes would never grow in this location. Determined to prove them all wrong, Gary forged ahead and has demonstrated exactly how great Pinot Noir can be from this site. The valley opens out to Monterey Bay, allowing cold fog to roll in from the Pacific Ocean, blanketing the valley on a daily basis. This fog and the prevailing ocean winds make this mountain estate one of the coolest growing regions in the state.
The 45 planted acres at Pisoni Vineyards are divided into small blocks that follow the contours of the mountains. The lean, decomposed-granite soils are very well drained, stressing the vines and forcing their roots deep into the earth in search of water and nutrients. More than 85% of the land remains in its natural state of native grasses, Coastal Live Oaks and prolific wildlife.
Notes of dried herbs, sage, plum and berry with a hint of iron.
Full body, energetic and lifted with power. Minerality mixed with umami create a lovely finish. Beautifully austere yet fruity.
96 Points, James Suckling
"So rusty and irony and dried herbs. Some sage. Plum and berry. Full body, energetic and lifted and powerful. Mineral. Salt. Cement. Love the finish. Beautifully austere yet fruity. Drink or hold. Better in 2021."
91 Points, Wine Spectator
"Very rich, supple and spicy, with wild berry, light oak, subtle earth, savory herb and underbrush notes. Most impressive for the length and tannic weight. Drink now through 2023."