2010 Bernardus Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard

Pinot Noir - 750ML
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WE 90
WE 90

Wine Enthusiast, December 2012

Showcasing the Pisoni signature of huge, bold fruit, this wine has ripe and savory flavors of raspberry, cherry, pomegranate, persimmon. The wine tastes of oak, too, in the form of vanilla and smoky butter. It's a...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Pinot Noir
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region Central Coast
Appellation Monterey
Sub-appellation Santa Lucia Highlands
Vintage 2010
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14.4%
Closure Cork

This 2010 Bernardus Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard is a red wine that hails from the Central Coast region of California, specifically the Santa Lucia Highlands sub-appellation within Monterey. The Pisoni Vineyard is well-known for producing bold and flavorful fruit, and this wine is a true testament to that reputation.

In the glass, this Pinot Noir displays a deep, dark ruby color with just a hint of bricking. On the nose, it immediately captivates with enticing aromas of ripe raspberry, Morello cherry, and plum. These fruity notes are beautifully complemented by a plethora of spices, creating a complex and alluring bouquet.

Upon tasting, the wine showcases the full potential of the Pisoni Vineyard. The flavors burst onto the palate with intensity, offering a delightful mix of mixed berries and spicy oak. The ripe berry characteristics interplay harmoniously with the well-integrated oak, resulting in a lip-smacking and satisfying experience. The wine's maturity is evident, as it has reached its peak of complexity and nuance.

Both Wine Enthusiast and Justin Nevius of JJ Buckley have praised this wine, awarding it a score of 90 points. Wine Enthusiast describes the wine as having flavors of raspberry, cherry, pomegranate, and persimmon, with hints of vanilla and smoky butter from the oak. They also recommend cellaring it for six years to allow it to further develop. Justin Nevius highlights the wine's excellent value, considering its nearly a decade of age.

With a 14.4% alcohol content, this Pinot Noir delivers a well-rounded and balanced drinking experience. It is sealed with a cork closure, emphasizing its traditional and artisanal nature.

Overall, this 2010 Bernardus Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard is a delicious and impressive representation of the exceptional fruit from the Pisoni Vineyard. Its bold fruit flavors, intricate spice notes, and well-integrated oak make it a must-try for any wine lover seeking a Californian expression of Pinot Noir.