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Article: Pisoni Estate: Grand Cru Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the Santa Lucia Highlands

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VintageWineColorRatingPriceReviews
2016 Luli Sauvignon Blanc

The 2016 Sauvignon Blanc is a juicy, racy and deliciously quaffable white with classic grape fruit and citrus aromatics, hints of grassy herbs and a great finish. It's a fabulous value and will be versatile on the dinner table and with tapas. This cuvee from the valley floor of Arroyo Seco and is fermented and aged on lees in older barrels.

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The 2016 Sauvignon Blanc is a juicy, racy and deliciously quaffable white with classic grape fruit and citrus aromatics, hints of grassy herbs and a great finish. It's a fabulous value and will be versatile on the dinner table and with tapas. This cuvee from the valley floor of Arroyo Seco and is fermented and aged on lees in older barrels.

2016 Luli Rose

Made from Pinot Noir and Grenache, from a few sites in the central coast, the 2016 Rosé is brought up in equal parts barrel and stainless. It offers beautiful notes of white cherries, strawberries and herbes de Provence in a lively, balanced and refreshing style.

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Made from Pinot Noir and Grenache, from a few sites in the central coast, the 2016 Rosé is brought up in equal parts barrel and stainless. It offers beautiful notes of white cherries, strawberries and herbes de Provence in a lively, balanced and refreshing style.

2015 Lucia Chardonnay Santa Lucia Highlands

The 385-case 2015 Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay is a blend from the Soberanes and Pisoni Vineyards (mostly a mix of various Wente clones) and is whole cluster pressed directly to barrel and sees a touch of lees stirring. A deep, rich, layered style of Chardonnay, it has lots of brioche, charcoal and sautéed stone fruits all developing with time in the glass.

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The 385-case 2015 Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay is a blend from the Soberanes and Pisoni Vineyards (mostly a mix of various Wente clones) and is whole cluster pressed directly to barrel and sees a touch of lees stirring. A deep, rich, layered style of Chardonnay, it has lots of brioche, charcoal and sautéed stone fruits all developing with time in the glass.

2015 Lucia Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands

Coming mostly from the Pisoni Vineyard, with the balance Garys and Soberanes, the 2015 Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir offers terrific depth and concentration, with loads of black cherry, black raspberry, spring flower and forest floor aromas and flavors. Brought up in 50% new barrels, it’s a serious appellation blend that has real depth and length, and overdelivers in spades. Drink it anytime over the coming 4-5 years. There’s 410 cases made.

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Coming mostly from the Pisoni Vineyard, with the balance Garys and Soberanes, the 2015 Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir offers terrific depth and concentration, with loads of black cherry, black raspberry, spring flower and forest floor aromas and flavors. Brought up in 50% new barrels, it’s a serious appellation blend that has real depth and length, and overdelivers in spades. Drink it anytime over the coming 4-5 years. There’s 410 cases made.

2015 Lucia Syrah Soberanes Vineyard

The 2015 Syrah Soberanes Vineyard certainly doesn’t lack for color and reveals a deep purple color to go with a fresh, lively bouquet of blueberries, cracked black pepper, violets and bay leaf. Medium to full-bodied on the palate, with an incredible seamlessness, it has a cool-climate slant, with notable elegance, yet has plenty of California fruit. Drink this terrific Syrah anytime over the coming decade.

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The 2015 Syrah Soberanes Vineyard certainly doesn’t lack for color and reveals a deep purple color to go with a fresh, lively bouquet of blueberries, cracked black pepper, violets and bay leaf. Medium to full-bodied on the palate, with an incredible seamlessness, it has a cool-climate slant, with notable elegance, yet has plenty of California fruit. Drink this terrific Syrah anytime over the coming decade.

2015 Lucia Syrah Garys' Vineyard

Gorgeous, with lots of black raspberry, cassis, olive tapenade, peppered meat, and the classic iron characteristics that’s the hallmark of the site, the 2015 Syrah Garys' Vineyard is ripe, sexy and layered on the palate. While it has beautiful fruit, it has notable elegance, lots of whole cluster influence (70%), and perfectly integrated tannin. Give this structured Santa Lucia Highlands Syrah 2-3 years of bottle age and enjoy over the following decade.

  $55 1

Gorgeous, with lots of black raspberry, cassis, olive tapenade, peppered meat, and the classic iron characteristics that’s the hallmark of the site, the 2015 Syrah Garys' Vineyard is ripe, sexy and layered on the palate. While it has beautiful fruit, it has notable elegance, lots of whole cluster influence (70%), and perfectly integrated tannin. Give this structured Santa Lucia Highlands Syrah 2-3 years of bottle age and enjoy over the following decade.

2015 Lucia Syrah Susan's Hill

The Hermitage (or Cornas?) of California, the 2015 Syrah Susan's Hill comes from a single block of granitic soils in the Pisoni Vineyard, which is located on the southern end of the Santa Lucia Highlands. It's a tannic, structured, serious wine that has gorgeous purity in its crème de cassis, charcoal, blueberries, wood smoke and violet-laced aromas and flavors. It picks up more olive and floral notes with air, has tons of gamey Syrah characteristics, bright acidity, plenty of elegance, and a great finish. It’s a year in, year out, smoking value that readers shouldn’t miss.

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The Hermitage (or Cornas?) of California, the 2015 Syrah Susan's Hill comes from a single block of granitic soils in the Pisoni Vineyard, which is located on the southern end of the Santa Lucia Highlands. It's a tannic, structured, serious wine that has gorgeous purity in its crème de cassis, charcoal, blueberries, wood smoke and violet-laced aromas and flavors. It picks up more olive and floral notes with air, has tons of gamey Syrah characteristics, bright acidity, plenty of elegance, and a great finish. It’s a year in, year out, smoking value that readers shouldn’t miss.

2015 Lucia Pinot Noir Soberanes Vineyard

Winemaker Jeff Pisoni commented that the Soberanes Vineyard yields the most feminine and elegant style of wine from all the vineyards they farm. Brought up with 30% whole clusters and 45% new French oak, the 260-case 2015 Pinot Noir Soberanes Vineyard’s vibrant ruby color is followed by classic, Côte de Nuit-like notes of crushed rocks, flowers, violets and peppery herbs intermixed with blackberry and black cherry fruit. It’s more fresh and lively on the palate, with bright acidity and a clean, lightly textured style that’s ideal for drinking anytime over the coming 7-8 years.

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Winemaker Jeff Pisoni commented that the Soberanes Vineyard yields the most feminine and elegant style of wine from all the vineyards they farm. Brought up with 30% whole clusters and 45% new French oak, the 260-case 2015 Pinot Noir Soberanes Vineyard’s vibrant ruby color is followed by classic, Côte de Nuit-like notes of crushed rocks, flowers, violets and peppery herbs intermixed with blackberry and black cherry fruit. It’s more fresh and lively on the palate, with bright acidity and a clean, lightly textured style that’s ideal for drinking anytime over the coming 7-8 years.

2015 Lucia Chardonnay Soberanes Vineyard

Coming from the rockiest part of the vineyard, the 2015 Chardonnay Soberanes Vineyard sees all native fermentations and roughly 50% new oak (a small portion was done in a second-fill foudre). This gorgeous Chardonnay offers classic stone fruits, hints of pineapple, brioche and white flowers. Elegant, layered, and impeccably balanced on the palate, this is a sensational Chardonnay to drink over the coming 4-6 years.

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Coming from the rockiest part of the vineyard, the 2015 Chardonnay Soberanes Vineyard sees all native fermentations and roughly 50% new oak (a small portion was done in a second-fill foudre). This gorgeous Chardonnay offers classic stone fruits, hints of pineapple, brioche and white flowers. Elegant, layered, and impeccably balanced on the palate, this is a sensational Chardonnay to drink over the coming 4-6 years.

2015 Lucia Pinot Noir Garys' Vineyard

The 2015 Pinot Noir Garys' Vineyard is mostly destemmed (roughly 5% whole-clusters) and offers a more perfumed, exotic, fruit-driven style in its blueberry, black cherry, crushed violet and spring flower aromatics. Exotic, supple, fresh and elegant on the palate, with the classic 2015 exuberance and lift, it has tons to love and is already hard to resist. Jeff commented that the 2015s are all less tannic than the 2013s and 2014s, yet I’ve no doubt this beauty will keep for a decade given its overall balance and harmony.

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The 2015 Pinot Noir Garys' Vineyard is mostly destemmed (roughly 5% whole-clusters) and offers a more perfumed, exotic, fruit-driven style in its blueberry, black cherry, crushed violet and spring flower aromatics. Exotic, supple, fresh and elegant on the palate, with the classic 2015 exuberance and lift, it has tons to love and is already hard to resist. Jeff commented that the 2015s are all less tannic than the 2013s and 2014s, yet I’ve no doubt this beauty will keep for a decade given its overall balance and harmony.

2015 Luli Syrah

The 220-case 2015 Syrah comes from the Highlands Ranch vineyard (it's not designated as a single vineyard however) and sees a touch of whole cluster. Aged in a mix of new and neutral, barrels, its deep purple color is followed by terrific notes of blueberries, cracked pepper, raspberries and hints of tapenade. Elegant, layered and beautifully pure, it's a knockout Syrah that has real character and depth.

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The 220-case 2015 Syrah comes from the Highlands Ranch vineyard (it's not designated as a single vineyard however) and sees a touch of whole cluster. Aged in a mix of new and neutral, barrels, its deep purple color is followed by terrific notes of blueberries, cracked pepper, raspberries and hints of tapenade. Elegant, layered and beautifully pure, it's a knockout Syrah that has real character and depth.

2015 Luli Chardonnay

Brought up all in neutral barrel (this is the first vintage where it's all in barrel) and from a handful of vineyards in the Santa Lucia Highlands, the 2015 Chardonnay offers impressive, exotic notes of orange blossom, hints of pineapple, and melon in a lively, pure and layered, style. It's a smoking value to drink over the coming year.

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Brought up all in neutral barrel (this is the first vintage where it's all in barrel) and from a handful of vineyards in the Santa Lucia Highlands, the 2015 Chardonnay offers impressive, exotic notes of orange blossom, hints of pineapple, and melon in a lively, pure and layered, style. It's a smoking value to drink over the coming year.

2015 Luli Pinot Noir

Due to the scarcity of quality Pinot Noir at reasonable prices, the Pisonis couldn’t make a Pinot Noir under the Luli label until 2008. Made in the same building as the Pisoni wines, the 2015 Pinot Noir sees a small amount of whole cluster, native ferments and was brought up in third fill barrels. It leads with its fruit and offers impressive strawberry, cranberry, violet, earth and spice in its medium-bodied, elegant, fruit-forward personality. At 24 bucks, it’s a total steal and overdelivers.

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Due to the scarcity of quality Pinot Noir at reasonable prices, the Pisonis couldn’t make a Pinot Noir under the Luli label until 2008. Made in the same building as the Pisoni wines, the 2015 Pinot Noir sees a small amount of whole cluster, native ferments and was brought up in third fill barrels. It leads with its fruit and offers impressive strawberry, cranberry, violet, earth and spice in its medium-bodied, elegant, fruit-forward personality. At 24 bucks, it’s a total steal and overdelivers.

2015 Luli Pinot Noir Highlands Ranch

A much smaller production cuvee that’s made from a strict selection, the 160-case 2015 Pinot Noir Highlands Ranch comes from a site towards the mid to southern part of the Santa Lucia Highlands Appellation. A barrel selection that was completely destemmed and aged in neutral barrels, it offers beautiful raspberry, violets and floral aromatics, medium-bodied richness, a seamless, elegant texture and a great finish.

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A much smaller production cuvee that’s made from a strict selection, the 160-case 2015 Pinot Noir Highlands Ranch comes from a site towards the mid to southern part of the Santa Lucia Highlands Appellation. A barrel selection that was completely destemmed and aged in neutral barrels, it offers beautiful raspberry, violets and floral aromatics, medium-bodied richness, a seamless, elegant texture and a great finish.

2015 Luli Pinot Noir Monte Linda

The smallest production cuvee and from a site near Doctors vineyard, in the southern part of the appellation and at a higher elevation, the 2015 Pinot Noir Monte Linda is a deeper ruby colored and offers a much more masculine, peppery, earthy bouquet. Black cherry, forest floor, hints of damp earth and crushed flowers all flow to a beautifully pure, polished, elegant Pinot Noir that tastes like a Premier Cru from Gevrey-Chambertin. There’s only 90 cases produced.

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The smallest production cuvee and from a site near Doctors vineyard, in the southern part of the appellation and at a higher elevation, the 2015 Pinot Noir Monte Linda is a deeper ruby colored and offers a much more masculine, peppery, earthy bouquet. Black cherry, forest floor, hints of damp earth and crushed flowers all flow to a beautifully pure, polished, elegant Pinot Noir that tastes like a Premier Cru from Gevrey-Chambertin. There’s only 90 cases produced.

2015 Pisoni Chardonnay Estate

Coming from 4 to 5 individual blocks I the Pisoni Vineyard and half Wente and half suitcase clones (which are a mix of Montrachet clones and a selection from Soberanes), the 2015 Chardonnay is another beautiful white from this team. Stone fruits, hints of buttered peach, honeycomb and plenty of charcoal-like minerality give way to gorgeous, elegant, seamless chardonnay that has terrific length. This is a seriously impressive Chardonnay that’s going to benefit from short term cellaring and drink well for over a decade. This was bottled in January.

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Coming from 4 to 5 individual blocks I the Pisoni Vineyard and half Wente and half suitcase clones (which are a mix of Montrachet clones and a selection from Soberanes), the 2015 Chardonnay is another beautiful white from this team. Stone fruits, hints of buttered peach, honeycomb and plenty of charcoal-like minerality give way to gorgeous, elegant, seamless chardonnay that has terrific length. This is a seriously impressive Chardonnay that’s going to benefit from short term cellaring and drink well for over a decade. This was bottled in January.

2015 Pisoni Pinot Noir Estate

The 2015 Pinot Noir comes mostly from the exposed ridges of the Pisoni Vineyard, which is unquestionably one of the gems in the appellation, as well as in all California. The 2015 is a more elegant, finesse driven example of this cuvee than normal and is a thrillingly complex, nuanced Pinot Noir I wish every reader could taste. Fermented with 20-25% whole clusters and aged in 60-65% new French oak, it offers a great bouquet of black raspberries, spring flowers, crushed violets, spice and subtle minerality. Medium to full-bodied, silky, and incredibly long, it's a world class Pinot Noir to drink over the coming decade.

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The 2015 Pinot Noir comes mostly from the exposed ridges of the Pisoni Vineyard, which is unquestionably one of the gems in the appellation, as well as in all California. The 2015 is a more elegant, finesse driven example of this cuvee than normal and is a thrillingly complex, nuanced Pinot Noir I wish every reader could taste. Fermented with 20-25% whole clusters and aged in 60-65% new French oak, it offers a great bouquet of black raspberries, spring flowers, crushed violets, spice and subtle minerality. Medium to full-bodied, silky, and incredibly long, it's a world class Pinot Noir to drink over the coming decade.

2014 Pisoni Chardonnay Estate

The 2014 Chardonnay is fleshier and more forward than either the 2015 or 2013. It offers lots of white peach, pineapple, white flowers and buttered citrus aromas and flavors. With medium to full-bodied richness and a supple, forward, delicious style, it’s going to be hard to resist over the coming 4-6 years.

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The 2014 Chardonnay is fleshier and more forward than either the 2015 or 2013. It offers lots of white peach, pineapple, white flowers and buttered citrus aromas and flavors. With medium to full-bodied richness and a supple, forward, delicious style, it’s going to be hard to resist over the coming 4-6 years.

2013 Pisoni Chardonnay Estate

The 2013 Chardonnay is a blockbuster. Gorgeous aromatics of stone fruits, honeysuckle, buttered pineapple and hints of white flowers all flow to a rich, viscous, full-bodied wine that's the greatest Chardonnay I've tasted from the Santa Lucia Highlands (and is easily up with the best of California). With sensational minerality, a deep, concentrated mid-palate, bright acidity and a great finish, give bottles a year or two and enjoy through 2028.

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The 2013 Chardonnay is a blockbuster. Gorgeous aromatics of stone fruits, honeysuckle, buttered pineapple and hints of white flowers all flow to a rich, viscous, full-bodied wine that's the greatest Chardonnay I've tasted from the Santa Lucia Highlands (and is easily up with the best of California). With sensational minerality, a deep, concentrated mid-palate, bright acidity and a great finish, give bottles a year or two and enjoy through 2028.

2012 Pisoni Chardonnay Estate

The 98-case 2012 Chardonnay is another big, rich, unctuous beauty. Buttered pineapple, sautéed stone fruits, and honeycomb show in this sexy, layered Chardonnay that has terrific purity, nicely integrated acidity and a great finish. Despite its concentration and richness, it has purity and tension, and will have a decade or more of longevity.

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The 98-case 2012 Chardonnay is another big, rich, unctuous beauty. Buttered pineapple, sautéed stone fruits, and honeycomb show in this sexy, layered Chardonnay that has terrific purity, nicely integrated acidity and a great finish. Despite its concentration and richness, it has purity and tension, and will have a decade or more of longevity.

2011 Pisoni Chardonnay Estate

The 2011 Chardonnay is also brilliant, with a Meursault-like richness and nuttiness. Apple, brioche, buttered stone fruits, toasted nuts and honeycomb emerge from this elegant, classic and mineral-laced chardonnay. It beautiful now, yet has plenty of life. There’s 110 cases made.

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The 2011 Chardonnay is also brilliant, with a Meursault-like richness and nuttiness. Apple, brioche, buttered stone fruits, toasted nuts and honeycomb emerge from this elegant, classic and mineral-laced chardonnay. It beautiful now, yet has plenty of life. There’s 110 cases made.

2010 Pisoni Chardonnay Estate

The first vintage for this cuvee, the 2010 Chardonnay is still light yellow in color and possesses sensational notes of buttered lemons, flowers, and exotic tropical fruits, with hints of brioche and caramelized fruits. Rich, concentrated, yet still light on its feet, it's a killer Chardonnay that has tons of life! Hats off to the Pisoni family for these incredible, age-worthy Chardonnays!

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The first vintage for this cuvee, the 2010 Chardonnay is still light yellow in color and possesses sensational notes of buttered lemons, flowers, and exotic tropical fruits, with hints of brioche and caramelized fruits. Rich, concentrated, yet still light on its feet, it's a killer Chardonnay that has tons of life! Hats off to the Pisoni family for these incredible, age-worthy Chardonnays!