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2016 Garys' Pinot Noir

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Pinot Noir demands the most from winegrower and vintner. Here, a great vineyard and classic winemaking are perfectly matched.

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 4 miles south of our own Double L property in a slightly cooler area, which promotes later ripening and fresh acidity levels. Garys’ 50 acres, established in 1997, are 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 spring and summer were mild with no extreme cold or hot periods, but mildew control was a challenge. Happily, no rain in the fall resulted in clean fruit, and was harvested on September 9th.

The grapes were completely destemmed after hand sorting, and fermented in open top tanks. Manual punch downs provided for supple texture and soft tannins. The wine was transferred to a combination of medium and medium-plus toast Burgundy barrels, 50% new, for malo-lactic fermentation and 10 months of aging.

Dan Lee and Sam Smith have fashioned a rare Pinot demonstrating classic Garys’ structure and elegance. The nose of raspberry jam, cola, and cedar is echoed on the palate and joined by flavors of cherry hard candy and rose petal.

Wine Specs
Pinot Noir
Santa Lucia Highlands
Harvest Date
September 9th, 2016
6.4 g/l
10 months in french oak; 50% new
Alcohol %
93 cases

A History of Acclaim

2016 vintage:

2015 vintage: 93 Points - PinotFile
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