2014 Garys' Vineyard Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir demands the most from winegrower and vintner. Here, a great vineyard and classic winemaking are perfectly matched.
There are two Garys’, that's why the vineyard is called "Garys' " and not "Gary's". Gary Franscioni and Gary Pisoni went to high school together and have teamed up in this joint venture vineyard to grow great Pinot in the Santa Lucia Highlands. Garys’ Vineyard is situated in the S.L.H., 4 miles south of our own Double L property; it's in a slightly cooler area, which promotes later ripening and fresh acidity levels. Garys‘ 50 acres, established in 1997, is planted to the “Pisoni” clone of Pinot Noir. This estate has gained a reputation for producing some of California’s most sought after Pinots.
The 2014 growing season saw a continuation of the drought in California. The lower than normal rainfall totals and dry winter led to early budbreak. The vineyards proximity to Monterey Bay mitigated the few heat events, allowing for a fairly normal, gentle, long ripening period. Fruit quality from the 2014 vintage was uniformly excellent.
The grapes were sorted in the vineyard and again at the winery before being destemmed. Whole berry fermentation was started with native yeasts in small open top tanks. The cap was manually punched down for optimum extraction and structure with soft tannins. The wine was transferred to a combination of medium and medium-plus toast Burgundy barrels, 60% new, for malo-lactic fermentation and 10 months of aging.
Dan Lee and Gianni Abate have fashioned a rare Pinot demonstrating classic Garys‘ structure and elegance. The nose of floral, blackberry, and spice is echoed on the palate and joined by flavors plum, cedar, and earth.
A History of Acclaim
2014 vintage: 93 Points- PinotFile
2013 vintage: 92 Points- PinotFile
2012 vintage: 90 Points - Wine Advocate
2011 vintage: 92 Points - Wine Enthusiast
2009 vintage: 94 Points - Connoisseurs' Guide
2009 vintage: 93 Points - Wine Enthusiast
2008 vintage: 90 Points - Tanzer's Int'l Wine Cellar
2007 vintage: 92 Points - Wine Enthusiast
2006 vintage: 91 Points - Wine Spectator
2005 vintage: 93 Points - Wine Enthusiast
2003 vintage: 90 Points - Wine & Spirits