Glowing Reviews from Lisa Perrotti-Brown for
Pisoni Estate and Lucia Wines

Pisoni Vineyard Insectary

We were honored to see the high marks of the recent release of Pisoni Estate and Lucia by Pisoni wines from esteemed wine critic and Master of Wine, Lisa Perrotti-Brown. Our favorite remark, however, lies in her analysis of the Pisoni family and Santa Lucia Highlands, as she names Gary Pisoni “. . . one of the pioneers of Pinot Noir.”

It was indeed a leap of faith when Gary began planting Pinot Noir grapes in the rugged landscape of the Santa Lucia Highlands, but with high risk came high reward. Read on to see how Lisa Perrotti-Brown of The Wine Independent scores the Pisoni Estate and Lucia by Pisoni wines.

2022 Pisoni Estate Pinot Noir
97 points

The 2022 Pinot Noir Pisoni Estate is the flagship Pinot from Santa Lucia Highlands’ most famous name. Medium ruby-purple in color, it soars out of the glass with fragrant notes of violets, star anise, and roses leading to a core of wild blueberries and ripe plums plus a hint of black pepper. The medium to full-bodied palate is concentrated and multi-layered, with black and blue fruit supported by velvety tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long and perfumed.

2022 Lucia Chardonnay Estate Cuvée
96 points

The 2022 Chardonnay Estate Cuvée swans out with showy notes of guava, yellow apples, and honeydew melon leading to hints of coriander seed and baking bread plus a waft of struck flint. The medium-bodied palate is so satiny, with a racy backbone cutting through the intense apple and melon flavors, finishing savory.

2022 Lucia Chardonnay Soberanes Vineyard
96 points

The 2022 Chardonnay Soberanes Vineyard was tasted as a barrel sample a week before bottling. It leaps from the glass with energetic notes of fresh pineapple, passion fruit, and nectarines giving way to nuances of orange blossom, cashews, and fresh ginger with a touch of wet slate. The medium-bodied palate is super bright and intense with amazing tension, offering a silky texture and a very long mineral-laced finish.

2022 Lucia Pinot Noir Estate Cuvée
94 points

The 2022 Pinot Noir Estate Cuvée was made with 20% whole cluster fermentation and bottled in August 2023. Medium ruby-purple in color, it prances out with flamboyant notes of raspberry preserves, ripe black cherries, and blackberries with touches of violets and cardamom. The medium-bodied palate is packed with intense red and black fruit layers supported by soft tannins and well-knit freshness, finishing long and fragrant.

2022 Lucia Pinot Noir Soberanes Vineyard
95 points

The 2022 Pinot Noir Soberanes Vineyard, fermented with 30% whole clusters, is medium ruby-purple in color. Scents of black cherries, juicy plums, and boysenberry hop from the glass, giving way to underlying hints of licorice, crushed rocks, and lavender. The medium to full-bodied palate is densely laden with ripe black berry flavors framed by fine-grained tannins and a lively line, finishing long with a spicy kick.

2022 Lucia Pinot Noir Garys' Vineyard
96 points

Medium ruby-purple in color, the 2022 Pinot Noir Garys’ Vineyard is a little closed to begin, needing a fair bit of swirling to bring out notes of kirsch, fresh blackberries, and black cherry compote with suggestions of mossy tree bark, black truffles, and Sichuan pepper. The medium to full-bodied palate is taut with muscular black fruits supported by rounded tannins and plenty of freshness, finishing long and earthy.

2021 Lucia Syrah Soberanes Vineyard
95 points

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2021 Syrah Soberanes Vineyard slowly emerges from the glass with notes of juicy black cherries, fresh plums, and black raspberries giving way to notes of tar, aniseed, and garrigue. The medium to full-bodied palate delivers firm, grainy tannins and bags of freshness to frame the intense black fruits, finishing long and peppery.

2021 Lucia Syrah Susan's Hill
96+ points

The single-varietal 2021 Syrah Susan’s Hill, made with 100% whole cluster fermentation, is deep garnet-purple in color. It bursts with bold notes of wild blueberries, boysenberries, and charcoal plus hints of green peppercorns, tar, and bacon fat. The medium-bodied palate has a firm backbone of grainy tannins and great tension leading to a long, savory finish. This is classic cool-climate Syrah!