Facts of Note
64% concrete fermentation
Part of the Pisoni Vineyard was planted in 1982
24% whole cluster
Widely recognized as one of California’s greatest vineyards, Pisoni helped to make the Pinot Noirs from the Santa Lucia Highlands among the most coveted in the state. Reaching elevations of 1,300 feet, and featuring granite and sandstone soils, as well as a southeastern exposure, the site always yields a dramatic wine, with incredible color and concentration. The 45 planted acres here are divided into small blocks that follow the contours of the mountains. The lean, decomposed granite soils are well-drained, stressing the vines and forcing their roots deep into the earth in search of water and nutrients.
While the 2018 vintage is undeniably rich and robust, it carries its power with flowing grace and energy as it reveals layers of blood orange, Damson plum, kiwi, and chaparral. Beautifully structured, and with an uncommonly long and poetic finish, it is a benchmark wine from a legendary vineyard.
Nose: Poetic aromas of blood orange, plum, and kiwi with power and poise.
Mouth: Strong, with a complex structure that floods the palate. Focused, dark fruit with eloquent energy.