San Francisco Chronicle
"Two Wild Guys Grow California's Hottest Grapes" full story
Top 100 Wines of 2003
Three of the SF Chronicle's top 100 wines of 2003 were from Garys' Vineyard
The Wine Enthusiast
Top 5 American Pinot Noir Vineyards
"In Pinot Noir's natural home of Burgundy, certain vineyards have
been recognized as growing exceptional fruit and have been elevated to
"premier cru" or "grand cru" status. Without hundreds
of years of tradition, we no doubt have a lot to learn about the best
sites to grow Pinot Noir. But some vineyards do stand out; here are a
few of our favorites that are available from more than one winery".
There are two Garys, that's why the vineyard is called "Garys' "
and not "Gary's" . Gary Franscioni and Gary Pisoni went to high-school
together ("heck," says Franscioni, "our parents went to
high school together") and have teamed up in this joint-venture vineyard
to grow killer Pinot in the Santa Lucia Highlands of Monterey County.
Seven or eight miles north of the original Pisoni Vineyard, it's in a
slightly cooler area, which promotes later ripening and fresher acidity
levels. Franscioni has another nearby vineyard whose name will start appearing
on bottles with the 2001 releases. Look for Rosella's Vineyard, named
after Franscioni's wife. Franscioni's own winery project, ROAR, will release
its first wines from the 2001 vintage".
Rob Jenson - Testarosa
"The passion they put in the grapes is unparalleled. The lots (from
Garys' Vineyard) have consistently shown quality and distinctive character,
leading to our decision to showcase this vineyard in a single bottling."
Adam Lee - Siduri Wines
"Gary Franscioni and Gary Pisoni are an incredible team; a combination
of instinct and science that results in a beautiful vineyard and consistently
top quality fruit."