2011 Pisoni Pinot Noir Estate

Pinot Noir

  • USA
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  • > Central Coast
  • > Santa Lucia Highlands
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Community Tasting Notes 5

  • shaferguy91 wrote: (93 points)

    October 10, 2014 - 1 hour decant.

  • Frank Murray III wrote:

    July 5, 2014 - So few notes on this wine to date, hard to we don't have more data points given the vintage and track record of this wine. Forging ahead, I opened this to take to dinner tonight, to join the 2010 Copain Brosseau chard, thematically as both wines have fruit that isn't far from the other. Very curious to see what Jeff did with 2011, given the house style normally and the leaner year. First blush? Very good. In some vintages of Pisoni, say 2009, I found the wine too rich for where my palate and I have since shed that one from my cellar, yet 2008 was near perfect. What the 2011 seems to be showing right now, reminds me some of the 2012 Fogline Sun Chase I had y/day, with the brighter, snappier side of the cherry/red fruit spectrum. There is a crunchy aspect to this wine, vibrant, and as opposed to the 2009 where the oak and fruit seemed to be too large for me, this 2011 is near perfect for my taste. I don't intend to decant the wine, only to jam the cork back in and keep it the right temp for dinner serving in about 4 hours...a day later and fresh palate and perfect temp, this has evolved to a real beauty. It has added a spice element, brown in tone and the fruit fattened up some and shows more forward, a mix of black and red with a real depth and intensity. Then the acidity fills into the finish, brightens and lengthens, which for me is the 2011 vintage. When Pisoni is on, and the fruit has that perfect ripe pitch, the wood not overdone and the depth is there, I'd put the wine at the top of the class for CA pinot. This 2011 is right there.

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  • t_moderne wrote: (92 points)

    April 20, 2014 - Opened and poured into a decanter and then back into the bottle. Initially tasted without food. Will check in again but want to add my initial impression.
    Good vibrant purple color. Nose of black raspberry, cherries and some licorice. Good sweet fruit profile with a solid core of acidity that speaks up on the back end. While rich with fruit, it has that acidity that gives it lift. Shows a little bot of the alcohol in the way the wine coats the tongue but not in a way that's hot. Long finish.

  • chillericed Likes this wine: (95 points)

    March 29, 2014 - A really tasty pinot, the flavors were amped up but balanced in relation to each other. Fragrant perfumed nose with dark fruits and vanilla showing on the palate. Smooth and long lasting finish

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • Gator96 Likes this wine: (95 points)

    March 1, 2014 - In aspen 1.5l

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2011
  • Type Red
  • Producer Pisoni
  • Varietal Pinot Noir
  • Designation Estate
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Central Coast
  • Appellation Santa Lucia Highlands

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 9 (1%)
  • In Cellars 624 (88%)
  • Consumed 77 (11%)

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