Wednesday, September 06, 2006

rockroomers gone pro

The pinot is turning purple as some in our midst prepare to leave God's Country (aka Texas) for a time to join forces with the pros at CA harvest time. David P just arrived in Cloverdale, CA to intern for the season with the Pisoni family. Gary Pisoni and sons Jeff and Mark have put the Santa Lucia Highlands on the map bigtime with some amazing pinots, syrahs and chardonnays. These wines have little brand recognition and very limited distribution but sell out quickly every year at $30-65 a bottle. They are that good. In fact about a week ago I was fortunate enough to sample a 2003 Lucia Garys' Vineyard pinot and a 2000 Nuits St Georges burgundy side by side. Both beautiful wines with many similarities - a real testament to the Pisonis' product. Meanwhile, JLin heads to Siduri to join our fellow Texans Adam and Dianna Lee as they crank out their annual array (20+ unique bottlings) of super-premium California and Oregon pinots. Click the links to these wineries, print out a map and phone number, and when you go to wine country call up your fellow rockroom winedanistas and demand a barrel sample!

2 comments:

dscott said...

Also, remember we are making a Santa Lucia Highlands chardonnay again for 2006 and will soon be bottling our 2005 effort.

Anonymous said...

Hey y'all! JLin here checking in after a grueling 26 hour road trip from Austin to Sonoma. Am in the process of burying that nasty memory...Spent the day at Siduri with a power washer and am now walking around without use of my arms, so thank goodness for straws, and rose wine. Tried our Hein pinot and just want everyone to know how much I like it! Very pretty and sheer...