The 2007 vintage would be most aptly described as the coolest and most even keeled in the past three decades. Both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir have now set new quality standards at Pessagno Winery as a result of the Vintage. Many of my colleagues agree that 2007 may be the Pinot Noir Vintage of our lifetimes! The fourth release of the Lucia Highlands Vineyard Pinot Noir has vastly exceeded our expectations. This wine is deeply colored, rich and elegant, offering deep concentrated layers of cherry, current, and violets and a hint of caramel from oak aging. Stylistically classic, it wine pairs well with Mediterranean cuisine, especially grilled vegetables, seafood, veal, and pork.
"It's hard to believe the price on this wonderful Pinot Noir. It's such a beauty. Ripe, rich and opulent, it shows powerful flavors of cherries, raspberries, red currants, anise, cocoa and sandalwood, yet remains elegant and delicate through the long, spicy finish. Just terrific. Swoop this one up while you can. Editor's Choice"
Caution to those of you looking for a relaxing evening at home with a nice Pinot. There is nothing "nice" about this wine. Its density and mouth filling viscosity are very atypical for the varietal. Possibly the heaviest Pinot I've ever had. And it is HOT from start to finish, making it very difficult to capture both the nose and palate. In fact, the alcohol almost completely masks the nose right now. However, on the palate the patient drinker will be able to discern the macerated cherry up front, followed by a strong presence of caramel and butterscotch (I swear) on the mid-palate, and the standard menthol/eucalyptus finish. Make no mistake - in five years, this will be a stunner of a Pinot, but drinking it now or any time within the next three years will do the wine an injustice. And don't make this your second bottle of the evening, because you'll be on the floor by the time you finish it. That, or dancing on flagpoles....
Definitely a 94 Pointer! A slight tartness but does not cause a pucker. Nice balance on the palate and a lingering smooth and light finish ending with a slight spicy kick.
a delicious santa lucia Pinot at a great price. wines from that area can be pricey. elegant, smooth and nice round fruit. a crowd pleaser.