2018 Pisoni Estate XX Anniversary Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir
If you followed the evolution of California Pinot Noir, you will understand why the Pisoni name is etched into the record books as among the great, worldly Pinot Noirs. The first estate Pisoni Pinot Noir was released in 1998 by Jeff and Mark Pisoni. In addition to the Pisoni namesake wines, they introduced the Lucia label in 2000.
This anniversary bottling commemorates Pisoni’s 20th vintage of winemaking. With an additional year of bottle age, the 2018 Pisoni Pinot Noir highlights the winemaking talents behind this label. The vibrant garnet color releases a floral bouquet of wildflowers and fresh earth. It hits all points on the palate with mouthwatering layers of pure cassis, fresh cherry preserves and blackberry compote that are dusted with cocoa powder. The velvety, creamy core pulls everything together as this Pinot Noir evolves for several minutes on the palate. This wine will leave you breathless as it finishes with a long and memorable aftertaste. Highly allocated.
By W Peter Hoyne