||It takes a larger-than-life person to make a larger-than-life wine. Gary Pisoni was a pioneer on California’s central coast when he planted fruit on his hillside of the family estate in the early 1980s. His gregarious personality and passion for wine proved to be perfect complements to the land and climate of the Santa Lucia Highlands.Pisoni Vineyards consists of small vineyard blocks arranged on and around the ridges of the mountainous landscape. Ranging in size from one-half to 17 acres, the vineyard blocks perch at an altitude of 1,300 feet in the granite-laced mountains of the coastal Santa Lucia Range, growing exceptional Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah.
Today, the estate is run by Gary’s sons: Mark is the vineyard manager, and Jeff is the winemaker. Wines are made from several different blocks, harvested on different dates. Jeff vinifies small lots with a focus on artisanal methods and a noninterventionist style of winemaking: hand-sorting, native yeast fermentation, hand punch-downs, no fining, no filtration.
The Pisoni Family produces one wine each year under the label bearing its name: Pisoni Estate Pinot Noir. Although quantities vary with fruit yields, typical production is just 500 cases annually. This is a serious and compelling wine, often noted for its deep color, intensity, complex flavors and layers of texture.
Martine’s Wines is the appointed distributor for Pisoni Vineyards in the states of New York and New Jersey.