This parcel of Pinot Noir in the Bassi Vineyard is planted with 20-year-old Burgundy clones (specifically Dijon) planted on the sandstone hillsides in San Luis Obispo Coast. It produces an incredibly juicy, lifted wine scented with ripe cranberry, wild strawberry and blackberry. A really gorgeous expression of this unique site, that will still develop beautifully for up to 10 years yet.
The 2020 Pinot Noir Bassi Vineyard is a delicate, perfumed Pinot Noir perfect for earlier drinking. Medium ruby-purple, it's scented of wild strawberries and blackberries with notes of iron, garrigue, forest floor and top notes of citrus. The light-bodied palate is soft and juicy with spicy berry fruits and an uplifted finish.
'Mikey Giugni has a way of coaxing so much character from the sites he works with... the wines are done in a style that prizes nuance and understatement.'
- Antonio Galloni
Scar of the Sea was kick-started by Mikey Giugni in 2012, with the focus of celebrating the Santa Maria Valley through Pinot and Chardonnay. The wines are inspired by the influence of the Pacific Ocean and how it affects the climate, the soils, and the geology of these coastal vineyards that fall under the spell of fog each day.
Mikey might not physically own his own vines, but he works closely with like-minded growers that practice organic or biodynamic farming as a minimum. There are some amazing sites in his range, including parcels of fabulous old vines that are very hard to come by in California (thanks to Prohibition). The wines are made with the intention to tell a story of where they come from, the people who farm them, and to reflect each vintage under the California sun. Mikey is a young, dynamic producer that perfectly exemplifies the amazing energy and promise in California today.