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2009 Vineyard Designate Pinor Noir, Pisoni Vineyard

This is our second bottling from the highly celebrated Pisoni Vineyard. Gary Pisoni is the iconic grower whose Pisoni Vineyard Pinot Noir has brought worldwide attention to the Santa Lucia Highlands. Planted with renowned “Pisoni clone”, this unique vineyard produces amazing Pinots which can rival the best red Burgundies. We are particularly honored to be among the select few to receive fruit from Gary Pisoni.

 The 2009 wines are showing beautiful fruit definition and concentration, promising excellent ageing potential.

 We crushed just over 7 tons of beautiful Pisoni Pinot Noir grapes in 2009. They were hand sorted and put into three small fermenters, each with a different yeast, and hand punched two to three times each day in order to extract every bit of flavor. Once fermentation and pressing were complete, the wines were aged in French oak barrels for ten months and bottled in August, 2010.

 In the glass, the Pisoni Pinot Noir shows an extraordinary depth of color for a Pinot. The aromas are an intense expression of ripe, black cherries with notes of spice, licorice and hints of earth. In the mouth, the deep fruit flavors are wonderfully dense with terrific focus and length. The finish is very long with a smooth, velvety texture. This wine will age beautifully for many years in a proper cellar.

Harvest:
September 19th, 2009.

Appellation:
Pisoni Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands.

Cooperage:
Sirugue, Cadus, Remond, Billon, Damy.
100% Burgundian; 50% new.

Produced:
410 cases 750 mls

Release Date:
September 1, 2011

Retail Price:
$70.00

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