Gary Pisoni is a legend. Stories of his life could easily be featured in John Steinbeckâ€™s novels or made into an epic Hollywood movie. Old-fashioned deals through handshakes and eye-to-eye contact with Gary, his wife Margarette, and his sons, Mark, the vineyard manager, and Jeff, the winemaker for Pisoni, are quintessential of the familyâ€™s style of business. This privileged, sun and windswept location has a most unique vibration that brings one back to the pioneering years of the California West. The combination between the site, the French clone brought in a suitcase from a famous â€śGrand Cruâ€ť vineyard in Burgundy gives the wine a full-bodied, exuberant and complex style with rich dark berry aromas.Â Since the 2011 vintage, I am also privileged to make a few special barrels of Chardonnay that are on par with the Pinot Noir.