Press & Reviews

  • Best of 2016: Jeb Dunnuck

    Best of 2016: Jeb Dunnuck

    ” . . . this is year in and year out, one of the most impressive Pinot Noirs from California.”

    December, 2016 Full Article
  • Santa Lucia Highlands: Pinot Noir on the edge

    Santa Lucia Highlands: Pinot Noir on the edge

    June 4th, 2017 Full Article
  • Santa Lucia Highlands: unchartered terroir

    Santa Lucia Highlands: unchartered terroir

    “. . . the Pisoni family runs what may be the most famous vineyard in Santa Lucia Highlands.”

    June 28th, 2017
  • “Pisoni family’s Estate Pinot Noir is one of the top handful of Pinot Noirs coming out of California today .”

    November 7th, 2015
  • Spurrier's World

    Spurrier's World

    “If the Pinot point needed any more proving, it came in the form of some impressive Californians: Pisoni, Santa Lucia Highlands 2014 had richness and depth…”

    March 31, 2017
  • “One of the most famous vineyards in California is home to two grapes.”

    April 20th, 2017 Full Article
  • “there are vineyards that are meticulously tended and from which I expect wines that will excel irrespective of vintner. Those bearing names such as Hyde, To Kalon, Bien Nacido and Pisoni, to name but a few, rarely disappoint . . . “

    March, 2017
  • “A killer wine from one of the great sites in California” (2014 Pisoni Estate Pinot Noir)

    September 30th, 2016
  • 10 Distinctive California Pinot Noirs

    10 Distinctive California Pinot Noirs

    “Few growers have had as big an impact on the Santa Lucia Highlands as Gary Pisoni.”

    May 2015 Full Article
  • Santa Lucia Highlands: New Releases

    Santa Lucia Highlands: New Releases

    “Mark and Jeff Pisoni, along with their father Gary, have been taking their estate vineyards and wines to an even higher level of quality in recent vintages.”

    October, 2016 Full Article
  • “I went through all the latest Pinot Noir releases and picked the top three that stood out for me, and low and behold, they were all from the same vineyard: Pisoni.”

    December 23rd, 2015
  • Most Admired Grapegrowers in North America

    Most Admired Grapegrowers in North America

    “Sustainability isn’t a buzz word to Pisoni; it’s a way of life passed down through three generations.”

    November 2015
  • Ilona Thompson

    Ilona Thompson

    ” . . . Without Gary Pisoni, the wine world would never be the same.”

    July 2015
  • California Pinot Noir: A Showcase of Regional Diversity

    California Pinot Noir: A Showcase of Regional Diversity

    “The success of Pinot Noir in the Santa Lucia Highlands is largely due to Gary Pisoni.”

    October 27th, 2015 Full Article
  • “This benchmark estate in the Santa Lucia Highlands . . . ”  —Jeb Dunnuck

    August 2014
  • The 15 Best Pinot Noir Wines From California

    The 15 Best Pinot Noir Wines From California

    ” . . . some of the finest land in California.”

    February 20th, 2017 Full Article
  • “Pisoni Vineyard always delivers.”

    August 18th, 2016 Full Article
  • “From lettuce farmer to Pinot star, the irrepressible Gary Pisoni.”

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  • Pinot Noir Mavericks

    Pinot Noir Mavericks

    Despite their wild image, two guys named Gary use hard science to produce some of the most-sought-after grapes in California.

    July 10th, 2003 Full Article
  • Holiday-Gift Wines Guaranteed to Bring Good Cheer

    Holiday-Gift Wines Guaranteed to Bring Good Cheer

    I wonder which gift—or regift, for that matter—would make those same people happier: a Little Black Dress Pink Pinot, or a bottle of Grand Cru Bordeaux?

    December 20, 2014 Full Article
  • Monterey: Frontier Fever

    Monterey: Frontier Fever

    It was in this region that Gary Pisoni . . . started his eponymous family winery, growing high-quality grapes back in 1982, and he remains perhaps the most iconic winemaker in the region.

    November 19, 2014 Full Article
  • California Pinot Noir

    California Pinot Noir

    The Pisoni Family have crafted a bevy of outstanding Pinot Noirs in 2010 at their Santa Lucia Highlands Winery.

    September 30, 2012 Full Article
  • The Holy Trinity of Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

    The Holy Trinity of Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

    The name Pisoni is synonymous with Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir . . .

    April 18, 2012 Full Article
  • 2012 Pisoni Estate Pinot Noir

    2012 Pisoni Estate Pinot Noir

    “. . . a fabulous balance of power and nuance.”      —Antonio Galloni

    July 16, 2014
  • Vineyards with a Waiting List

    Vineyards with a Waiting List

    Vineyards with a waiting list: Gary Pisoni, Gary Franscioni and their extraordinary grapes

    September 17, 2013 Full Article
  • 5 wineries  you need to know in California's Santa Lucia Highlands

    5 wineries you need to know in California's Santa Lucia Highlands

    “The Pisonis are now known for their acclaimed and highly sought-after chardonnay and pinot noir.”

    November 20, 2014 Full Article
  • Monterey’s Innovative, Young Winemakers

    Monterey’s Innovative, Young Winemakers

    Jeff grew up making wine with his father, the legendary Gary Pisoni, and earned his enology degree from California State University, Fresno. Mark Pisoni also literally grew up in his father’s vineyard. He earned a BS in Agricultural Economics from UC, Davis, and an MS in Farm Business Management from Cornell University.

  • Riding High

    Riding High

    “We’re doing everything we can in the vineyard to continue to show how special the Pinot Noir grape can be,” says Pisoni; “we” refers to his sons, who are growing the grapes and making the wines for the Pisoni label . . .

    April 2009
  • 2008 Pisoni, A Benchmark Wine

    2008 Pisoni, A Benchmark Wine

    “. . . the 2008 vintage, a wine of such exceptional breeding and refinement that I felt compelled to devote a feature to it alone.”

    April 11, 2011 Full Article