Gary Pisoni is a free-spirited, Burgundy-loving wine enthusiast from a vegetable farming family in Salinas Valley. Today, he is considered a pioneer and one of the preeminent producers of Pinot Noir in the Santa Lucia Highlands appellation of Monterey County. After planting some of the region’s first acres of Pinot Noir vineyards on his family’s horse ranch in 1982 (nine years before it was designated an AVA), Gary went on to develop a cult-following for his cool-climate, meticulously farmed Pinot Noir. He is also well known for planting the 40 acre ‘Gary’s Vineyard’ with childhood friend, Gary Franscioni which is arguably one of the finest sites in the appellation and whose grapes are sought after by some of the best producers in California. Gary, along with his sons, Mark and Jeff, produce outstanding Syrah and Chardonnay in addition to their coveted Pinots under the ‘Pisoni’ and ‘Lucia’ labels, and introduced this small-production, sister brand, ‘Lucy Rosé’ in 2003. Utilizing estate fruit from several different vineyards and employing a combination of whole cluster pressing and the saignée method results in a highly complex and structured rosé that we are thrilled to introduce to the wine club!
This 100% Pinot Noir rosé bursts with aromas of red raspberry, ranier cherry, strawberry jam, white pepper and basil. Three months rest in neutral oak barrels lends it a sturdy backbone, yet it retains a supple texture, and the pretty notes of red apple, juicy pluot and strawberry candy on the palate are not the slightest bit masked by oak flavor. This is not only an extremely polished style of rosé that can stand up to some heartier fare, but it also supports a great cause as $1 of every bottle sold goes towards breast cancer aid and research.