Wine enthusiasts regard the Santa Lucia Highlands as one of the crown jewels of California viticulture. The AVA is home to some of the state’s most vibrant Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah and other varietals. It was Spanish missionaries who first recognized that the soil and climate of the area was favorable to viticulture and began planting vines on the rolling windswept hillsides.Today, the appellation encompasses over 6,000 acres of vineyards, most planted on elevated terraces not far from the Monterey Bay.
It was here that Gary Pisoni first planted his namesake vineyard, one of the highest in the region, back in 1982. The southeast-facing vineyards starting at just above the valley floor rise to elevations of up to 1300 feet. These vineyards first grab the morning sun and then enjoy a cool afternoon breeze that slows the ripening process down and gives the fruit time to develop profound character and depth of flavor.
Produced from three small blocks, Pisoni’s Lucia Chardonnay is an authentic reflection of the family’s commitment to sustainably-grown wines of intense character. With bright yellow-green hues and a slight unfiltered haze, this remarkable Chardonnay tantalizing aromas of white peach and pineapple followed by intriguing flavors of ripe pear, nectarine, and honeysuckle. The oak is barely evident, used just to add a bit of structure and a pleasing hint of vanilla.The wine vibrant acidity helps to carry its panoply of flavors through to a long exquisite finish.