2014 Pisoni "Estate" Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir (1.5L)

SKU #1343783 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A killer wine from one of the great sites in California, the 2014 Pinot Noir Estate comes from the decomposed granite soils of the Pisoni vineyard located in the southern portion of the Santa Lucia Highlands. Its vibrant ruby/purple-tinged color is followed by a youthful, fruit-filled bouquet of plums, blackberries, violets and exotic spices. Medium to full-bodied, silky and seamless on the palate, with fabulous purity and a tight, elegant and reserved feel, give bottles 2-3 years of cellaring and enjoy through 2024+. (JD)  (9/2016)

95 points Vinous

 Brilliant ruby-red. Explosive aromas of black raspberry, boysenberry, smoky Indian spices and cola are lifted by a sexy floral note and smoky minerality. Supple, sweet and light on its feet; juicy acidity sharpens palate-staining, expansive red and dark berry, cherry cola and rose pastille flavors. Shows a superb blend of power and finesse and no excess weight. Repeats the dark berry and floral notes on an extremely long, spice-tinged finish that's given shape by even tannins. Age this gorgeous Pinot with confidence. (JR)  (10/2016)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Brimming with rich, zesty wild berry, blackberry, plum and dried licorice notes, this ends tight and tannic, with a persistent push of dark, extracted flavors. Drink now through 2024. (JL)  (3/2017)

K&L Notes

The Pisonis--brothers Mark and Jeff and dad Gary--make this wine from the family property in the Santa Lucia Highlands. Structured with fruit-forward personality, the 2014 is full of berry and plum notes, with spicy clove and earth accents.

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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 Spätburgunder 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.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- 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.
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Santa Lucia Highlands