Pisoni Vineyard

Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

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92+ Points
“Saturated ruby-red color. Knockout nose combines blackberry, black cherrry and Oriental spices; reminded me of a wine from the Vosne-Romanée/Nuits-Saint-Georges neighborhood. Powerful and large-scaled but a bit youthfully monolithic, with black fruit flavors lifted by mint and ginger high notes. This big boy finishes with huge tannins that avoid coming off as hard. Hall picks this fruit late, as it's necessary to wait for the acidity to go down, but noted that in the hot years it can get porty. ‘And it's necessary to be gentle with the extraction,’ he added. This would be a perfect Pinot for a steak house.” - Stephen Tanzer

90 points
Wine Spectator | September 2016
“A rich, robust style, with deep dark berry and red berry fruit that flirts with the jammy side. Highlighted by opulent blackberry and blueberry notes, this finishes long and persistent.” - James Laube


94 Points
Wine Advocate | December 2014
“From the Central Coast, the 2012 Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard sees 10% whole clusters as well as 75% new oak, the highest of any of these Pinots. It boasts an ethereal, DRC-like perfume of forest floor, black raspberries, spring flowers, and red and black fruits, a medium to full-bodied, supple mouthfeel, good acidity and a broad, savory, lush personality. This vineyard was made famous by Gary Pisoni and his sons, Jeff and Mark. Drink it over the next decade.” - Robert Parker

91 Points
Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
“Deep red-ruby. Brambly purple fruits, minerals and strong oak on the nose. Huge, thick and unsubtle, with undeniably mouthfilling flavors of cherry and briary dark berries. Pinot in a burly style, closer to Chateauneuf du Pape. For all the wine's power, its healthy acidity and big but well-distributed tannins give it a seamless texture.”- Stephen Tanzer

94 Points
Wine Enthusiast
"Powerhouse Pinots to Try"
“Thanks to the Pacific Ocean’s consistent cooling breezes, the Santa Lucia Highlands in Monterey County and Sta. Rita Hills near Santa Barbara are especially adept at producing ‘steakhouse’ Pinot Noirs. Here are five recent favorites.... Patz & Hall 2012 Pisoni Vineyard (Santa Lucia Highlands); $90, 94 points” - Matt Kettmann

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91 Points
Wine Advocate | December 2013
“Located south of San Francisco, Patz & Hall has long produced a wine from the famous Pisoni Vineyards, and their 2011 Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard offers up perfumed raspberry and floral notes intermixed with hints of dusty, loamy soil, roast beef, black currants and black cherries. With a lovely, full-bodied mouthfeel, it carries its 14.8% natural alcohol very elegantly. Drink it between now and 2019.” - Robert Parker


93 Points
Wine Spectator Insider | June 2013
“Centered around ripe, juicy black fruit, with wild berry and blackberry accents. Features a smooth texture and flavors that glide along on the lingering finish.” - J.L.


91+ Points
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar | March 2011
"Deep red.  Subdued, slightly wild nose hints at redcurrant, cherry, licorice, menthol and clove.  At once dense and juicy, with primary fruit flavors in the deep background today..." - Stephen Tanzer


91 Points
Wine Advocate | February 2011
"The 2008 Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard, from that extraordinary site in the Santa LuciaHighlands, has a dense ruby/purple color and plenty of forest floor, black raspberry and blueberry fruit. It is easily the most successful of the 2008 Pinots from Patz & Hall, exhibiting broadness, a savory, round mouthfeel and medium to full-bodied flavors. It is a beauty to drink over the next 4-5 years." - Robert Parker


94 Points
Wine Spectator.com | March 2010
“Intense and structured, this beautifully crafted red offers a core of blackberry,raspberry and blueberry flavors. Full-bodied, pleasantly chewy and gutsy, gainingdepth and momentum and finishing with a strong, assertive, flavorful finish.” - James Laube

91+ Points
Wine Advocate | February 2010
“From a well-known site in the Santa Lucia Highlands, the 2007 Pisoni Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir exhibits lots of blueberry, smoke, raspberry, apple skin, forest floor, and rhubarb characteristics as wellas very good acidity and medium body. Not quite the powerhouse of someof its peers, it is a delicious Pinot to consume over the next 4-6 years.” - Robert Parker


90 Points
Wine Advocate | August 2007
A lovely combination of raspberries, black cherries, forest floor, and subtle wood… More>

91 Points
Wine Spectator | September 2007
Starts out with ripe cherry, cola and spice notes… More>


95 Points
Wine Spectator | June 2006
Amazing density and purity of flavor. Pretty floral and berry aromas… More>

90 Points
Wine Advocate | August 2006
The medium ruby-tinged 2004 Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard possesses sweet, complex notes… More>


92 Points
Wine Advocate | February 2005
… sweet, forest floor, violet, black currant, and cherry aromas … More>

90 Points
Wine Spectator | July 2005
Rich, with firm and concentrated dusty wild berry and black cherry fruit… More>


91 Points
Wine Spectator | August 2004
This is a rich, smooth, supple, graceful Pinot… More>


92 Points
Wine Advocate | December 2003
Aromas of black raspberries, forest floor, lilacs, and hints of strawberry jam… More>

94 Points
Wine Spectator | March 2004
Perfumed, with gorgeous ripe fruit concentration and gobs of blackberry, wild berry… More>