2011 Lucia "Garys' Vineyard" Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

SKU #1141179 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Showing darker fruit, as well as additional minerality, the 2011 Pinot Noir Garysí Vineyard is rich and mouth-filling on the palate. Layered, nicely balanced and textured, itís a beautiful effort and will evolve gracefully through 2021. Drink 2015-2021. This estate is managed by the Pisoni Family, and high quality and realistic prices are the name of the game here. Year in, year out, these wines over-deliver. While 2011 was an extremely cool, long season, these wines have beautiful ripeness as well as clean, pure aromas and flavors.  (8/ 2013)

93 points Wine Spectator

 *Top 100 Wines of 2013* Offers a rich, potent, vivid mix of dark berry fruit, with blackberry, raspberry and wild berry notes. Intense, focused and persistent, boasting a long, detailed finish. Drink now through 2021. 745 cases made.  (9/ 2013)

91 points Antonio Galloni

 The 2011 Pinot Noir Garys' Vineyard is the ripest and most overt of these 2011 Pinots. Sweet dark cherries, spices and flowers all emerge from a wine that captures the essence of this site and the Santa Lucia Highlands more broadly. The style is surprisingly explosive in a year in which so many wines are more reserved. This is a beautiful set of wines from Lucia, the label the Pisoni family uses for all of the wines they make from vineyards other than their own Pisoni Vineyard. The Lucia Pinots and Syrahs are especially of note as they are a notch or two above the overwhelming majority of wines from the Santa Lucia Highlands in the very challenging 2011 vintage. Frankly, it's hard to go wrong with any of these new releases from brothers Mark and Jeff Pisoni.  (7/ 2013)

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spštburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
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United States

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California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Santa Lucia Highlands