2016 Lucia Pinot Noir Garys' Vineyard

Year: 2016
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands
Country: USA-California
Vinous Media: 94
Connoisseurs' Guide: 91
Jeb Dunnuck: 96--Ca Grapevine: 93
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.2%
Price :


"Limpid ruby-red. An exotically perfumed bouquet evokes ripe red and blue fruits, incense, vanilla and licorice, and a smoky nuance builds in the glass. Sweet and penetrating on the palate, offering intense black raspberry, boysenberry, spicecake and floral pastille flavors and a touch of cola. Lingers with impressive tenacity on a long, smooth finish that emphatically repeats the floral and dark berry notes." (VM)

"Very much showing the extra ripeness, muscle and sinew that often marks Pinots of its provenance, this very solid, impressively filled youngster is rife with dense, nicely extracted, fully ripe black cherry fruit and gets a welcome boost in richness from its judicious complement of creamy oak. It is enjoyable at present for its lavish fruit but has the structural tension and bones of a wine meant to age, and choosing to drink it sooner than later will be to miss what looks to be a layered and increasingly complex offering. We plan on waiting for three to five years and expect it to drink well for twice that time. Reviewed: November 2018" (CG)

"The 2016 Pinot Noir Garys' Vineyard is another terrific 2016 from this estate. Brought up in 40% new French oak, it offers a focused, elegant, medium to full-bodied style as well as terrific notes of violets, blueberries, spice, and earth. It has terrific purity, elegance, and length, and is one of the finest examples I’ve tasted of this cuvée." (JD)

"1. 2016 Lucia, “Garys’ Vineyard,” Santa Lucia Highlands ($65) – Medium ruby color; very attractive, deep, dark cherry and strawberry fruit aroma with earthy notes and hints of dried herbs, forest floor, sandalwood, and Asian spices; mediumfull body; forward, deep, rich, intense, earthy, red fruit flavors with bright acidity, and a plush, velvety mouthfeel; medium to medium-full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Very appealing to taste now, though also has the balance and structure to support a good five more years of bottle aging. Very highly recommended. 14.2% alcohol; 600 cases; 100% Pinot Noir (PN); released Summer 2018. (Group Score: 16.8 of 20 points, 9 of 11 first-place votes/2 seconds/0 thirds; My Score: 17.5 [93 of 100 points], first place)" (CGV)

Winery Notes:
The 2016 VINTAGE:
After a difficult 2015 harvest and years of prolonged drought, the 2016 vintage saw beautiful weather conditions and a welcomed average yield of fruit. Rain returned to Monterey County in the beginning of the 2016 season (approximately 12 inches, the most our area has seen since 2011). Budbreak began the second week in March and vines showed more life and energy due to the early-season soil moisture. Strong vine growth required additional labor to tend to the shoots. Summer saw a balanced fruit set and weather conditions typical of the windy, fog-blanketed Santa Lucia Highlands. August temperatures were cooler than average which allowed for a slow, gentle ripening up to harvest. Patience was necessary for harvest—it began the first week of September and continued through the first week of October.

The Vineyard:
Grown exclusively from our Pisoni, Garys’ and Soberanes vineyards, the Lucia appellation-based wines are a wonderful representation of our estate vineyards, of which each block is cultivated to the same high standards. These wines offer excellent value, and Jeb Dunnuck of Wine Advocate has previously described these AVA blends as “a perfect example of the incredible quality that's consistently coming from this estate.”

The Winemaking:
The Pisoni Family is committed to raising and hand-crafting exceptional wines. The limited-production Lucia wines are created using classic, gentle and thoughtful winemaking techniques. Hand-picked and sorted grapes are fermented on native yeasts and aged in carefully selected French oak barrels. Our state-of-the-art winemaking facility uses gravity flow as part of a custom design conceived to merge the estate vineyards and winery. This affords us complete control of the farming and winemaking process, ensuring consistently superior quality.

Tasting Notes:
This Lucia Pinot Noir, reflects its harmonious blend of three vineyards: (47% Pisoni, 29% Garys’, and 24% Soberanes) in its deep garnet color. It begins by enticing the palate with ripe plum and raspberry, spiced cherries and black tea, and subtle notes of cedar and forest floor. As this wine continues to open up, it shows a complex palate of firm tannins and intense character. Like our single-vineyard bottlings, we use only free-run wine to develop the character of this appellation-based vintage. The three vineyards from which it has been created reflect the Santa Lucia Highlands’ diverse features, from the concentration of its mountain fruit to the light, elegant aromas of its more fog-laden vineyards.