Wine Advocate 90 points - The 2010 Chardonnay emerges from the glass with layers of rich, varietally expressive fruit. The weight of the Wente clones comes through nicely in this beautiful, harmonious Chardonnay. A hint of spice adds complexity on the finish. The Chardonnay is a blend of fruit from the Pisoni and Soberanes vineyards, fermented and aged in oak barrels, 45% new. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2016. ” (Aug 2012)
Wine Spectator 91 points - Brimming with ripe, juicy tropical fruit and fresh apple and peach, this is smooth-textured and seems a tad sweet, gliding along on the finish. Drink now through 2016. 391 cases made. –JL (Jul 31 2012)
Founded in 2000, Lucia Vineyards is a family owned and run winery producing Pinot Noir, Syrah, Chardonnay, and Lucy Rose from the Santa Lucia Highlands. Gary Pisoni (viticulturalist), Jeff Pisoni (winemaker), Mark and Quinn Pisoni (managers) and Michael Zardo (assistant winemaker) make up the team. The vineyards of the Santa Lucia Highlands are planted along the foothills from 400-1,300 feet in elevation on well-drained, sandy soils. Gary, Mark and Jeff Pisoni recognize that all great wines start in the vineyard.
|The Garys’ Vineyard is a joint venture between two native growers of the Santa Lucia Highlands. Gary Pisoni and Gary Franscioni planted this 50-acre vineyard to Pinot Noir and Syrah in 1997. Its location on a sloping hillside in the center of the 16-mile long appellation gives the vineyard a true representation of the Santa Lucia Highlands
Lucia is one of several wineries that makes a Pinot Noir under the Garys' Vineyard designation.