TN: 2003 Arcadian Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard

  • 2003 Arcadian Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard - USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Lucia Highlands (11/13/2016)
    Popped and poured. Medium ruby hue. Nose of ripe red berry, hyacinth, feral notes, earth, cherry pits. Very accessible on the palate from the get-go with luxuriant mulberry, red raspberry, and black cherry fruit layering out on the tongue complicated by iron, earth, soy, and brambles. Smoothed, somewhat dusty tannin and moderate but balancing acidity, leading to a satisfying finish of tart, sweet red fruit accompanied by grip and stone. Really singing on this occasion, with hedonistic fruit and taut underpinning in spades. (93 pts.)

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Popped and poured.- beautiful nose of camphor, underbrush, raspberry and just a hint of sweet tart. Quite tart and acidic on the palate - something seems a little out of balance and not nearly the complexity of the nose. I have had much better bottles of this. Not corked or flawed, but in a weird place. Let’s see if some air helps.


I have not sampled this bottling since my TN of 2016. Hope the wine eventually showed well.


Doug, unfortunately it never really rounded into shape and stayed a little too shrill on the palate. Joe usually does wonderful things with Pisoni fruit, so I will open another one soon to see what is up.

A bottle tasted a few months ago was excellent, and in it’s prime window in my estimation.