Wines
"This benchmark estate in the Santa Lucia Highlands"Jeb Dunnuck, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The Wine

Each year our family produces just one wine under our name: Pisoni Estate Pinot Noir.

As the legendary French winemaker, Emile Peynaud once said, “Wine is both a reflection of the people who make it and the region that produces it …”

We firmly believe this, and our ultimate goal is to create a great wine that represents this vineyard, our personal commitment to this land, and the passion of our family. Our wines are recognizable by intensity of character, deep color and remarkable textures—results of the mountainous landscape and low yields. More distinctive characteristics are found in the vibrant and exuberant aromatics—a result of the region’s cold winds and fog. The combination rewards us with exceptional and age-worthy Pinot Noir

Production of Pisoni Estate Pinot Noir is extremely limited and varies annually between 500-800 cases, depending on yields. For information on obtaining these wines, click here. We also supply fruit to just a few artisanal producers of vineyard-designated wines.

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Pinot Noir from Pisoni Vineyards contains the structure and acidity to cellar for extended periods of time.
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A given vintage of our wines is released each September— a full two years from harvest. Wines spend their first year aging quietly in barrel, and the second in bottle, resting until ready for release.
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Pinot Noir grapevines await harvest under a blanket of fog.

Winemaking

Winemaking and viticulture must be seen as a whole, rather than as separate parts. This is essential to producing the best wine we possibly can. And in true collaborative family fashion, Gary’s vision of Pisoni Vineyards is carried on through son Mark, who manages the vineyards and son Jeff, who makes the wine. This teamwork is essential to our family’s goals, and allows the work in the vineyards and winery to be of one and the same objective.

We implement a very focused, precise approach to the wine, wherein each individual block is considered and handled separately. Jeff vinifies the small lots using artisanal methods: hand-sorting, native yeast fermentation, hand punch-downs, no fining and no filtering. All considerations are driven by the vineyard identity and respect for the wine.

This meticulous attention and overarching philosophy retains the character of our family vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands.

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Hand harvesting in the cold of the night is best for the fruit. These grapes would arrive at the winery cold, fresh and in pristine condition.
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Tasting, smelling, observing—close and persistent attention to every detail is critical throughout the life of the wine.
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After draining from fermentation tanks, Pisoni Estate Pinot Noir is aged in select French oak barrels for the most harmonious integration of oak, and the purest expression of the wine.