TN: 1997 Arcadian Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard

  • 1997 Arcadian Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard - USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Lucia Highlands (2/12/2016)
    Wow, this was a bit of a surprise. The last bottle I opened (different source, about 5 years ago) was equally complex but not nearly so opulent. I suspect it was still a little shut down. This continued to develop over the course of the evening. Lots of ripe but not overripe fruit, gorgeous nose.

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This is a terrific wine.

What Don said.
A special wine to me.
Glad it showed well, Jay.
I may need to dig one out this weekend.


Have you any experience with the '03 Pisioni ? I picked up on Berserker Day and while I want to open it now I’d be willing to sit on it a little longer (worth noting, I have no prior experience tasting Arcadian wines)


Unfortunately I don’t. But hopefully there’s someone here who does?

I buy my Arcadian wines at retail and auction so my experience is spotty rather than regular. But the only vintage I’ve ever been disappointed by is 2004 (atypically hot - they did all they could).

One man’s opinion:

2003 Arcadian Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard - USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Lucia Highlands (12/13/2014)
– double decanted approx. 3 hours before initial taste –
– tasted non-blind over approx. 2 hours –

A little age is noticeable on the color here. Ripe, but nonetheless elegant with good acidity; 13.5% alc. not noticeable; less evolved than the '02 vintage of this bottling, but not as “serious” as that '02 – for that matter, I consider the '00 and '01 vintages more “serious” than this '03, as well; very nice wine; fantastic pairing with mushrooms and also with an octopus pasta dish that featured octopus ink — the earthiness of these foods paired perfectly with the wine. Drink or Hold.

I’ve since had it one or two more times, with consistent results.

Just had it a few days ago.

2003 Arcadian Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard
2/11/2016 - I LIKE THIS WINE: 92 points (Edit)
Powerful wine on both nose and palate. Nose of red cherries and dried fruit. Great aromatics. On the palate, very bright with colossal red fruit. Secondary flavors of dried fruit are beggining to appear. High acidity with pretty much resolved taninins.

Thank you for the great note Brian. I believe I will follow suit by decanting several hours before drinking it at home soon. Cheers!


Thanks for the note Sebastian, much appreciated.

I had a terrific bottle of the '07 a couple of weeks ago; hugely enjoyable now, I thought, but didn’t seem at all needing to be drunk up soon.

The 1997 Arcadian “Sleepy Hollow” is one of my favorite wines from Joe.
If anyone has one, it should be consumed soon as it is very light bodied and feminine.



Wow, these wines can age. Have not had a 1997. Thanks for the note,


The 1997 I got direct from the winery was the best PN I have ever had. These have been sold out at the winery for some time now. I think Joe had one huge (5L?) bottle left, but my recollection is it wasn’t for sale.

I think we need to plan a party for the 20th anniversary and invite all of you who have been so supportive of Arcadian over the years,Paul G, Dennis, Doug,Chris .S, Ted, Brian G. Brian, Charlie. F and so many others to share that 5 liter.

I would be there so quick.

But that puppy would probably go to age 25 or 30 before heading down the other side of the hill!

Whenever that party is, if the offer is open, I’m there! champagne.gif

Yes! I’ll fly wherever for that party.!

Jay, you opened the 01 Arcadian Gary’s vineyard at Braeburn early in the Leo’s Tasting group and it turned me on to a wine that is just fantastic.

I am still sitting on an 01 but have already 'tapped (coravin’d) the 05 I got on Berzkerday and really like it. I have the 03 from Berkerday set up to open tonight with some friends. Wonderful pinot and so different than any others I have had. I agree with the person who described it as a cross between old and new world.

Joe…I’m in!