2006 Pinot Noir, Garys' Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands -
French Oak, 25% 1&2 year old French Oak
Vineyard & Winemaking
The famed vineyard gets its name from the
owners Gary Pisoni and Gary Franscioni. Under the
careful eye of Mark Pisoni, the vineyard as usual produced beautiful
small clusters, full of ripe but balanced flavor.
The fruit was
carefully sorted, destemmed and crushed with high whole berry
content. After cold soaking for 4 days, it was fermented for 11
days with the maximum temperature of 86 degrees in an open top tank
and small open top fermentors with the emphasis being gentle. The
malolactic fermentation took place in the barrel. The wine was
racked once and bottled in December of 2007.
Ripe, assertive, intense, concentrated
are the words used described this wine, atypical for Pinot Noir but
typical for Garys' Vineyard Pinot Noir.
The 2006 Garysí Vineyard Pinot Noir falls somewhere in
between the cool 2005 vintage and the hot 2004 vintage. It has the
hallmark Garysí Vineyard wild berry, baked cherry and gaminess but
is more restrained than in the past. Aged 4 months longer than
usual in French oak, 67% new, it will take a bit longer than usual
to show its full potential.