The International Wine Review just published a new report on the wines of the Santa Lucia Highlands, one of California’s finest regions for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. All the top producers like Gary Pisoni’s Lucia are reviewed. Here are some excerpts:
Lucía is an SLH project of Gary Pisoni and sons Jeff and Mark. The grapes for Lucia wines are sourced from their Garys’ Vineyard and the Pisoni Vineyard. Gary oversees all aspects of the project, while son Mark manages the vineyards, and son Jeff crafts the wine. Lucia wines are well made and attractive in terms of flavor and complexity.
Lucia 2007 Chardonnay Santa Lucia Highlands ($40) 88
This is an easy-drinking wine of significant richness.
Yellow straw in color, it reveals aromas of tropical fruit,
smoke and minerals. Flavorful palate of ripe fruit with
nicely integrated oak. Hangs together very well.
Lucia 2008 Lucy Rosé of Pinot Noir Santa Lucia
Highlands ($18) 88
A lovely rosé sourced from Pisoni Vineyards and Garys’
Vineyard. Displays a medium pink hue with aromas of light
cherry and strawberry. Dry and full flavored on the palate
with light red fruit and a touch of tangerine zest. Crisp
finish with good acidity. Fermented in neutral oak barrels.
A delicious Pinot Noir exhibiting a lovely ruby hue with
fresh raspberry and cherry aromas with hints of earth
and coffee. On the palate it is silky smooth with good
concentration of cherry flavors, excellent acidity and
outstanding balance. A very good effort. Sourced from
young vines of the Pisoni Vineyard and Garys’ Vineyard.Lucia 2007 Pinot Noir Garys’ Vineyard Santa
Lucia Highlands ($50) 91
The 2007 Garys’ Vineyard is an exceptional Pinot Noir.
Dark ruby in color, there’s smoky ripe plum and brambly
black raspberry fruit with a touch of earth on the nose.
Soft, lush attack with a freshly flavored palate showing
spice and a touch of vanilla. Nicely balanced with good
acidity and tight round tannins and a very long finish.