2023 Lucy Pico Blanco

THE PLACE: Pico Blanco is Monterey. Fruit is sourced from two viticultural areas within the county: the Santa Lucia Highlands and Arroyo Seco. The result is a wine with great representation of Monterey climate and geology. Climate for the county is predominately influenced by the famous Monterey Bay. The Monterey Bay is a large funnel, sending prevailing ocean breezes into the regions. This brings cool fog and air throughout the growing season.

The Santa Lucia Highlands get the brunt of this wind, and also provide beautiful east-sloping hillsides for the vines. The soils of the Santa Lucia Highlands are decomposed granite—a rare find in coastal California that was brought here when part of the Sierra Nevada mountain range was sheared off and then sent northward by the San Andreas Fault activity.

Arroyo Seco sits almost dead center between the parallel Santa Lucia and Gabilan mountain ranges that funnel wind through the Salinas Valley, thus bringing intense winds and fog. The geology represents an ancient riverbed with layers of deposited boulders and gravelly loam soil, which Pico Blanco conveys.

WINEMAKING: Pico Blanco represents an early time of Monterey County grapegrowing when the region was originally recognized as a place for cool-climate grape varieties. With the historical significance and traditional style of winemaking that the Pisoni Family prefers, purity and complexity continues to be the focus. Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc are hand-sorted and carefully pressed to moderate the extraction and phenolics derived from the grape skins. 100% neutral barrels are used for fermentation to obtain purity of fruit and gain texture. Fermentation is carried out only by native yeast to uphold our philosophy of winemaking and also strive for the most complex flavors and fermentation. This wine was bottled without any fining.

TASTING NOTES: Pico Blanco is a limestone mountain peak in Monterey County. This blend of Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc stands as an example of the elegance and finesse from Monterey with cool- climate wines. The wine displays a delicate pale straw color that exudes freshness. From the first swirl, bright notes of lemon zest leap from the glass followed by hints of delicate orange blossom and floral elegance. The palate shows a broader texture from the Pinot Blanc and brings highlights of ripe pear, yellow peach, Gravenstein apple and crushed stones. The finish of the wine unfolds with complexity and depth while the zesty acidity keeps the wine fresh and bright. Enjoy the wine served chilled. It pairs well with many of the seafood and pasta dishes inspired by coastal Monterey region.


The Pisoni Family has always been committed to making exceptional wines, and Lucy allows them to combine this passion with philanthropy. The Pisoni family donates one dollar of each bottle of Pico Blanco sold to Ocean Conservancy. Since inception, the combined Lucy family of wines has generated over $235,000 in contributions.


Cases Produced

832

Alcohol

14.1%

pH

3.29

Fining

None

Blend

86% Pinot Gris and 14% Pinot Blanc

Juice Yield

Whole Cluster Press

Cooperage

100% Neutral Barrels

Fermentation

100% Native Yeast

Filtration

Yes, prior to bottling.