Lucia Vineyards (Pisoni)

Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

9.2150 ratings
9.134 pro ratings
Santa Lucia Highlands, Central Coast, California, USA
Pinot Noir
Top Notes For
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.0

After having their 12 a couple of months ago, I thought I’d try the 13.

It’s was good but still 4-5 years from shinning. The 12 is drinking beautifully now.

Nice darker fruits than the 12. However, at an hour opening up in the decanter, the lighter red fruits really shinned with some floral blueberries painting the edge of the palate. Nice round bright a acidity and good long, well balanced finish that will improve with more bottle age.

Photos of, Gary’s Vineyard, Santa Lucia vineyard, Winemakers; Jeff, Gary and Mark Pisoni and one of their oak fermenters.

After having their 12 a couple of months ago, I thought I’d try the 13.

It’s was good but still 4-5 years from shinning. The 12 is drinking beautifully now.

Nice darker fruits than the 12. However, at an hour opening up in the decanter, the lighter red fruits really shinned with some floral blueberries painting the edge of the palate. Nice round bright a acidity and good long, well balanced finish that will improve with more bottle age.

Photos of, Gary’s Vineyard, Santa Lucia vineyard, Winemakers; Jeff, Gary and Mark Pisoni and one of their oak fermenters.

Aug 18th, 2018
Corey Zamora, CSW

Terrific new world Pinot. Just enough ripeness without going overboard. Way to go Gary!

Terrific new world Pinot. Just enough ripeness without going overboard. Way to go Gary!

Apr 25th, 2018
Alex Lallos

Owner No Limit Fine Wines, Private Wine Consultant

9.3

This 2004 Santa Lucia highlands Pinot was on top of its game. The fruit was still so bright. No signs of age other than some subtle nuances. This was such a great surprise. From mostly Pisoni vineyard with some Gary's in there too. It's not even fair to compare this to other SLH branded bottlings

This 2004 Santa Lucia highlands Pinot was on top of its game. The fruit was still so bright. No signs of age other than some subtle nuances. This was such a great surprise. From mostly Pisoni vineyard with some Gary's in there too. It's not even fair to compare this to other SLH branded bottlings

Dec 19th, 2017
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

8.9

Ripe dark round blackberries, raspberries, cherries, strawberries, light dry earth, fine but decent presence of chalk, soft light sweet spice, pink florals and light baking spice. Finishes just a little short. 375ml. Label is slightly out of focus to bring out the beautiful coast of Big Sur.

Ripe dark round blackberries, raspberries, cherries, strawberries, light dry earth, fine but decent presence of chalk, soft light sweet spice, pink florals and light baking spice. Finishes just a little short. 375ml. Label is slightly out of focus to bring out the beautiful coast of Big Sur.

1 person found it helpfulSep 2nd, 2016
Alex Lallos

Owner No Limit Fine Wines, Private Wine Consultant

9.2

Thank you Pisoni crew. This is off the charts. Young and primary but super delicious. Epitome of Santa Lucia highlands

Thank you Pisoni crew. This is off the charts. Young and primary but super delicious. Epitome of Santa Lucia highlands

Jan 24th, 2017
Shawn R

Balanced and focused Pinot Noir from the boys at Pisoni. Slightly gamey on the nose coupled with wet earth. I've made several trips to SLH and this speaks of the visual terroir. Crushed roses, strawberry and allspice on the palate. Tannins and acidity are excellent with wet earth and smoke closing out for a complex long finish.

Balanced and focused Pinot Noir from the boys at Pisoni. Slightly gamey on the nose coupled with wet earth. I've made several trips to SLH and this speaks of the visual terroir. Crushed roses, strawberry and allspice on the palate. Tannins and acidity are excellent with wet earth and smoke closing out for a complex long finish.

Aug 7th, 2016
Chris Blanken

Gonna be good

Gonna be good

Apr 8th, 2016
Lee Lightfoot

Mouth watering and lush.

Mouth watering and lush.

Feb 13th, 2016
Will Chesebro

Assistant winegrower Chesebro Wines

8.9

The new SLH era from the Pisoni boys? Tannic, acidic, not a huge fruit bomb.

The new SLH era from the Pisoni boys? Tannic, acidic, not a huge fruit bomb.

Feb 8th, 2015
Glenn Caster

Wow Wow Wow. Beautiful fruit. Strawberries, cherry, wonderful balance. Makes you understand what the whole pinot thing is all about.

Wow Wow Wow. Beautiful fruit. Strawberries, cherry, wonderful balance. Makes you understand what the whole pinot thing is all about.

Nov 16th, 2014