2016 Kosta Browne Pisoni Vineyard Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands

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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.


Copious amounts of black fruit, crushed rocks, graphite and muddled rose petals.


Medium to full body, sensational depth and richness, ultra-fine tannin, and a long finish.



98 Points - Jeb Dunnuck

"The 2016 Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard is a powerhouse effort as well as one of the gems in this great lineup. Fermented with 16% stems and aged in 50% new oak (30% of this blend was in concrete), it reveals loads of black fruits, crushed rocks, graphite, and crushed rose petals. With medium to full body, sensational depth and richness, ultra-fine tannin, and a huge finish, it’s up with the crème de la crème of this great vintage."