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2020 Lucia Chardonnay

ITEM 8249038 - Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine cellar

Bidder Amount Total
$30
Item Sold Amount Date
I8259365 1 $25 Jun 5, 2022
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PRODUCER

Lucia

Lucia is one of the labels produced by Pisoni Vineyards. Pisoni Vineyards was first planted in 1982 by Gary Pisoni. The vineyards are at an altitude of 1,300 feet in the coastal Santa Lucia Range. The estate traces its roots to 1952, when Jane and Eddie Pisoni began farming vegetables in the Salinas Valley, evenutally earning enough for their son Gary to buy land for vineyards. Today Gary and his sons run the estate. Pisoni is known for its Pisoni Estate Pinot Noir made in small quantities of about 500 cases annually. Under the Lucia label the estate also produces Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Pisoni has a cult following for its wines, and Robert M. Parker Jr. has written that “Gary Pisoni, and of course, his vineyard, are respectively the rock star and the grand cru site of the Santa Lucia Highlands.”

REGION

United States, California, Central Coast, Santa Lucia Highlands

Santa Lucia Highlands AVA is a 12-mile long, narrow strip of an appellation wedged along the eastern hillsides of the Santa Lucia mountain range. Given its proximity to Big Sur and the Gabilan Mountain Range to the northeast, Santa Lucia a cool-climate wine growing district. Morning sun is often followed by maritime winds and fog in the afternoon, a weather pattern that prolongs the growing season and means long, gentle ripening of the grapes. Spanish missionaries planted vineyards in the district in the 18th century, but it wasn’t until the 1970s that modern winemakers planted vineyards and began making high quality wine. The district received AVA status in 1991 and today there are 6,000 vineyard acres in the Santa Lucia Highlands. Pinot Noir is the dominant grape planted, followed by Chardonnay and Riesling.

TYPE

White Wine, Chardonnay

This white variety originated in Burgundy, but is now grown around the world. Its flexibility to thrive in many regions translates to wide flavor profile in the market. Chardonnay is commonly used in making Champagne and sparkling wines.