Bernardus Pisoni Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011

Pinot Noir from Central Coast, California

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Item No. 131979
  • red wine
  • boutique wine
  • WE93
  • RP92
  • WS91
Style: Smooth & Supple

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2010
  • WE90

Winemaker's Notes

Gary Pisoni is the iconic grower whose Pisoni Vineyard Pinot Noir has brought worldwide attention to the Santa Lucia Highlands. Planted with renowned "Pisoni clone", this unique vineyard produces amazing Pinots which can rival the best red Burgundies. We are particularly honored to be among the select few to receive fruit from Gary Pisoni.

All our grapes are hand picked and sorted at the winery for maximum quality. They are destemmed and gently pumped into small fermenters, each with a different yeast, and hand punched two to three times each day in order to extract every bit of flavor. Once fermentation and pressing were complete, the wines are aged in French oak barrels for ten months before final blending and bottling.

2011 was mild to cool throughout the ripening season providing us with an elegant rendition of this fabulous vineyard. The robe is a beautiful crimson-red. Aromas show bright notes of red cherry and cranberry along with hints of spice. The flavors are full of juicy red fruits, along with spicy notes. With its crisp acidity and tannic structure, this is reminiscent of a great Burgundy and will age beautifully for many years in a proper cellar.

Critical Acclaim

"Bright acidity brings a mouthwatering tanginess to flavors of ripe raspberry, cherry, cranberry and mushroom in this dry, low-production wine. It’s so easy to drink now, you might not notice the complexities, but they're there. This is a wine to age. Give it 5–7 years at least, although it's likely to be sailing along beautifully in 2021."
93 Points

"The most complete of the Pinot Noirs, the 2011 Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard is a deep, layered 2011 that yields notions of underbrush, red currants, crushed flowers and salty minerality that flow to a beautifully balanced, medium to full-bodied Pinot Noir. While accessible now, the mid-palate depth, balance and overall broad frame should allow it to evolve gracefully. Drink 2014-2021."
92 Points

"Perfumed wilted rose, red and dark plum, red candy and subtle spice notes give this a pleasing mix of flavors. The texture is supple yet firm, gaining length. Drink now through 2020."
91 Points

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Wilfred Wong - San Francisco, CA (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(9/4/2014)
Style: Earth & Spicy
Pair with: rosemary accented lamb
A wild Pinot Noir, the true-to-type 2011 Bernardus Pisoni exhibits beautifully ripened red fruit aromas and flavors. Quite substantial on the palate and lasting. Shows some dried earth in the finish. Has plenty of personality.
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