I am going to do a little something different with this tasting note. I usually try to spend a paragraph or more on the Winery of the wine I am tasting then delve into the grape and then on to the wine itself. However I have already touched on the story of Adam and Diane Lee when I tasted the Novy Grenache. Since Pinot Noir is one of the big grapes and most if not all know the story on this thin skinned temperamental varietal I am going to focus on the Vineyard where this grapes came from before delving into the wine itself.
The Vineyard: Garys' Vineyard...a name synonymouss with great Pinot Noir grapes. Owned and run by THE two Gary's, Fransiconi and Pisoni. Both have a long experience in growing grapes and having their own wines. Mr Franscioni operates the great Pinot Noir specific ROAR wines, and Mr. Pisoni runs the Pisoni Vineyards and Lucia Vineyards.
The Vineyard it self is located in Santa Lucia Highlands an area that is getting better known for producing great Pinot Noir and Syrah. The vineyard was planted in 1997 with a yield of about 3 tons per acre. The soil of the vineyard is mostly Sandy Loam. They use a very specific clone in the vineyards named after one of the owners the Pisoni Clone. The total vineyard acreage is about 50 acres. The vineyard is locate din marine climate with foggy mornings and breezy afternoons that help create a long drawn out growing season. All of this helps in developing the grapes into something that makes tremendous wines.
The Wine: It weighs in at a hefty 14.5% for Pinot. Pours a very nice cherry red in the glass, hints of earth, cherry, strawberry and cola and a small whiff of mint. In the mouth there is a very nice level of acidity that balances the alcohol with earthy minerals, strawberry jam and cola flavors rounding out this very nice, very complex wine. This wine earns an easy A-.