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2014 Miura "Pisoni Vineyard" Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir (Elsewhere $75)

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This is Master Sommelier Emmanual Kemiji's first winery, established in 1995 and followed by a string of other successful labels including Candela, Almvs, Antigv, and Acvs. Small production and rare to find at retail, this fits Kemiji's style (big, bold, and fruit-driven) and quite characteristic of this famous vineyard from the Santa Lucia Highlands. Winery note: "2014 was one of the driest growing seasons on record in Monterey County and the third drought vintage in a row. A mild winter and spring led to an early September harvest. This is a big, dark colored wine with aromas of mixed berries, plums, allspice and hints of pomegranate."

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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/9/2020 | Send Email
If you only read a portion of this verbose staff review it should be these few sentences: To find Pisoni Vineyard Pinot Noir under $50 is increasingly rare. To find Pisoni Vineyard Pinot Noir at this price is practically unheard of. This is an end of vintage, take-all deal that may well be a once in a decade price. If you'd like to know more, read on! Very few (if any) vineyards in California rival Pisoni when it comes to pure, powerful, intense Pinot Noir. This legendary site high in the mountains at the southern end of the Santa Lucia Highlands region produces some of the most highly sought after, and expensive Pinot Noir fruit in the country. The list of folks who get tiny parcels of grapes from here is a who's who of Californian wine royalty including: Peter Michael, Patz & Hall, Kosta Browne, & Paul Lato. I worked harvest at Testarossa in 2010 and was lucky enough to walk the vineyard with Gary Pisoni and help make wine from this fruit. My lasting memory is how remote and rugged the location was and yet the vines and fruit couldn't have beeen more pristine. When the fruit arrived at the winery we literally watched it go past on the sorting table, one perfect cluster after another. The quality of the site and the farming is unsurpassed. So to Miura - a project that started late one night after service at the Ritz Carlton, SF. World renowned chefs Gary Danko, Laurence Jossel, Gerald Hirigoyen and Master Sommelier Emmanuel Kemiji embarked upon a project to get first-hand knowledge of making wine. Kemiji fell in love with winemaking so deeply he eventually focused solely on Miura. With deep connections in the wine business Miura is able to source fruit from some of the most prestigious vineyards in California including: Rochioli, Hudson and of course, Pisoni. The fruit comes from just a couple rows of vines in the Camper and Hermanos blocks and just a few hundred cases total production. About 15% whole cluster fermentation adds structure and spice to the typical dark, dense fruit Pisoni is famous for. The wine is packed with aromas and flavors of brambly blackberry fruit, mulberry, clove, star anise, rocky minerals and subtle, integrated oak. The wine has great length on the palate with expansive flavors and refined tannin. With a few years in bottle the is relaxing and beginning to show its hand and yet probably has 8-10 years of good drinking ahead of it.

By: Sean Reilly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/8/2020 | Send Email
Richer than I would've suspected. Medium-bodied with ample tannins and dark fruit nuances. This is a wine that will continue to evolve if you've got the discipline to keep your hands to yourself!
Drink from 2020 to 2024

By: Chris DePaoli | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/8/2020 | Send Email
Serious juice. Definitely fruity, but with a broad swath of exotic spice that grounds the nose firmly in the savory camp. That core of fruit is all dark- Boysenberry and plums, with a rich preserve-like quality that pushes at the spice but never quite through it. The nose is the star of the show, and clearly shows off the wines quality. There won't be any left here at the store in a couple days.

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