Santa Lucia Highlands

Again, this vintage gave us ideal conditions for the slightly warmer Pisoni Vineyard site. While we were utterly delighted with our 1998 version, this one is even better. The cooler conditions of 1999 gave us more acidity to balance the intense, low crop fruit character that is the hallmark of Pisoni Vineyard. I took this one to a wine fair in Bordeaux called Vinexpo this summer, and, although I couldn’t get any European to admit that it tasted like pinot noir, those that didn’t dismiss the wine immediately as being too new world-ish, were impressed by its size and harmony. This is my favorite Pisoni to date.