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- Pinot Noir
- Written by Fred Swan
- Wednesday, 31 July 2013 00:18
2009 was a good year for Santa Lucia Highlands AVA Pinot Noir. Achieving ripeness was not a challenge. At the same time, the area’s generally moderate temperatures allowed producers to offer balancing acidity and structure. The best of the wines will age for quite some time. The challenge is exercising the discipline to let them do so.
I failed in that respect a couple of days ago. In the mood for a succulent and satisfying Pinot Noir that wouldn’t require food alongside, I reached into my personal cellar and pulled out a 2009 Lucia Pinot Noir from Garys’ Vineyard. That vineyard is one of the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA’s most coveted sites, producing concentrated wines of dark fruit and spice virtually every year.
Lucia is the brand the Pisoni family uses for their non-estate wines. The winemaking is handled by Jeff Pisoni who, coincidentally, celebrates his birthday today. [Happy Birthday, Jeff!] The wines are made at the Pisoni family’s winery in Santa Rosa.
In my glass the '09 Lucia was medium-plus ruby in color. Aromas of tangy black berry, black cherry and spice rise eagerly above the rim, accented by notes of oak. In the mouth, body is a generous medium-plus with mocha-flavored, medium-plus chalky tannins and off-setting acidity. The 2009 Lucia Garys’ Vineyard Pinot Noir is rich on the palate with flavors of delicious black fruit, spice and a long finish. Enjoy it now through at least 2019. Very Highly Recommended.
2009 Lucia Pinot Noir Garys’ Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands
Rating: Very Highly Recommended
Drink: Now through 2019+
Retail Price: $50.00
Winemaker: Jeff Pisoni
Blend: Pinot Noir
Origin: Garys’ Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey County
Decanting: Not required
Temperature: 54º - 58º F
Food Pairings: This wine’s just fine on it’s own, but will be great with Chinese roast duck.
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The review above reflects my personal experience with the product. It is not a paid ad, nor do I accept ads or compensation for reviews from wine producers. Reviews may cover products that I have purchased, received as samples, or tried under other circumstances I consider to be good tasting conditions. Receiving a product as a sample does not obligate me to review it positively (or at all) and I do not consider samples to be compensation or “free wine.” I have purchased plenty of wine over the years and have more of that than I can drink. Samples are opened for review purposes, not added to my personal cellar or taken to restaurants.