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BERNARDUS PINOT NOIR PISONI VINEYARD SANTA LUCIA HIGHLANDS 2013
NVWE Notes: This wine proves as rich as expected but is much more forthcoming than a typical Pisoni bottling. The nose is bright yet soft-edged, and scents of dark boysenberry, Bing cherry, dried black cherry, plum jam, Asian plum sauce, sumac powder, dried herbs and leather all making contributions to it. It has a surprising creaminess on the mid-palate, where dark cherry, dark boysenberry, dried fruit and lots of savory-earthy spice are visible, if still held in some reserve. The finish is ultra-long, and rich notes of beet and licorice root join the fruit-spice-terroir mix to complete its sweet-savory melange. Expect this already exciting Pinot to get steadily better for three to six more years. 800 6-packs produced.
Easily the top wine from this team, the 2013 Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard offers sensational minerality in its underbrush, cassis and currant-laced bouquet. One of the richer, more full-bodied efforts, it has a great mid-palate, pure, concentrated fruit and fine tannin, all of which will keep it drinking nicely through 2023. It's a sensational Pinot Noir from one of the top vineyards in the appellation. These latest releases from Bernardus are made by Dean De Korth, who worked in Burgundy for seven years before coming to California. Calling 2013 a “typical” year, his wines all have classic characters, with good freshness and richness. eRobertParker.com # , #221 (Oct 2015) Drink 2015 - 2023 Review by Jeb Dunnuck
Elegant and powerful sandalwood spice, myrrh, red-cherry juice and cola play prominently on the lush nose of this wine from the vineyard of regional pioneer Gary Pisoni. The palate is laced with cranberry fruit and hibiscus notes, yet the reward is the lifting herbal tone of dried marjoram, thyme, rosemary lavender and menthol. DATE PUBLISHED 2/1/2016 MATT KETTMANN
Well done in an ultrarich, expressive style, with layers of blackberry, raspberry, pomegranate and plum. Deep, persistent and elegant, unfolding on the palate. Drink now through 2022. 449 cases made. Issue Feb 29, 2016. JL
Ruby with a bright rim. Heady aromas of blackberry preserves, Indian spices and licorice candy, with a floral nuance building in the glass. Bitter cherry and dark berry flavors show excellent clarity and depth, with a smoky nuance emerging on the back half. Youthfully firm tannins provide grip the strikingly long, spice- and mineral-tinged finish, which displays an alluring blend of power and vivacity. Drink 2018 - 2024. Josh Raynolds Aug 2015