We usually feature Lucia wines in our summer newsletter. But now we invite you to celebrate the long days and warm nights with our Lucy label and a brand new wine that perfectly suits the season. We’re delighted to introduce a gorgeous blend of pinot gris and pinot blanc we’re calling Pico Blanco after a mountain peak in Monterey County that Jeff and Mark Pisoni, our vintner and vineyard manager, camped at as young scouts. Pico Blanco is known both for its beauty and its high-grade limestone, mineral deposits characteristic of this environment so close to the Pacific Ocean.
Our new addition to the Lucy label gives us a way to honor the history of the region and habitat we love and in which we settled generations ago. Monterey County’s early grape growing traditions began with other cool climate varieties such as pinot gris and were set in motion after U.C. Davis Professor Julius Albert Winkler developed the Winkler Index to classify growing regions. The fog that funnels into the Salinas Valley from the curving coastline of Monterey Bay is part of what characterizes this region as a cold grapegrowing area.
Our new Lucy wine lets us gesture toward the coastal habitats in the region in which pinot gris has historically played a large role. Monterey County still boasts the highest acreage of pinot gris than any other coastal growing region in California.
Pico Blanco furthers another community-focused Pisoni tradition-that of giving back. We’ve earmarked a dollar from each and every bottle of Pico Blanco to contribute to ocean conservancy. As sustainably-minded farmers and vintners, we want to do our part to ensure this habitat remains a beautiful and thriving one for generations to come.
We hope you’ll make this summer the summer of Lucy alongside us as you order and uncork a bottle of our newest wine as well as our Rosé.
Purchase 2021 Lucy Rosé and 2021 Lucy Pico Blanco
2021 Lucy Rosé
Refreshing in more than just its dazzling effect on the senses, the 2021 Lucy Rosé of Pinot Noir is a welcome gift from Mother Nature. Sporting shades of coral and ruby grapefruit as its edges catch the light, this rosé mirrors the distinct balance of land and sea that is showcased through the coastal influences of this appellation. Delicate and undoubtedly fragrant, notes of candied strawberry, fresh watermelon, and rose petal mingle with noticeable wet stone and sea air aromas. Bright flavors of cranberry, nectarine, and blood orange are extracted through extremely gentle pressing, limited skin contact, and careful oxygen management. Neutral French oak barrel aging and exuberant acidity create a rosé with unmistakable complexity and fuel an irresistible urge for a second glass.
2021 Lucy Pico Blanco
The newest member of the Lucy family, the 2021 Pico Blanco flaunts its youth as its pale gold complexion shimmers in the glass. Not to be outdone by its appearances alone, this carefully crafted blend of 70% Pinot Gris and 30% Pinot Blanc sports a stunning mélange of vibrant aromatics. Red apple, Meyer lemon, and white peach pair with more delicate notes of honeysuckle and a chalky minerality that transports the senses to the limestone slopes of the famed peak. Unmistakable energy in the form of lime, lemon tart, and crunchy acidity meld with supple, rounded flavors of nectarine, ripe stonefruits, and almond skin. Careful management of oxygen before and during fermentation and 100% neutral French oak barrel aging has created a refreshing example of a blend seldom seen in Monterey County, but one that promises to have a very bright future.