The Ojai "Pisoni Vineyard" Pinot Noir 1998
Santa Lucia Highlands, California
An epic collector's Pinot Noir from the Pisoni Vineyard, one of the most iconic sites in California. Far from the mega-extracted styles we see so often these days, this gorgeous library piece is an ode to a bygone era.
Pinots like this are indeed rare, not only for their perfect provenance but for their balance. This Pinot Noir clocks in at only 13% alcohol yet displays ripe bing cherry, loamy earth, potpourri, and violets. The palate is silky smooth, with tannins that caress and complement the fruit perfectly.