08 Jun Please The Palate Wine of the Week: 2021 Lucy Pico Blanco, Monterey County
Water connects every aspect of life but sadly there is a world water crisis. We need to protect and restore our blue planet and World Ocean Day is a day to unite us with this mission. One way to help is to drink Lucy 2021 Pico Blanco, the Please The Palate wine of the week.
Lucy is the younger sister brand of Lucia Wines made by the Pisoni brothers. They started with Lucy Rosé in 2003 and for every bottle sold, they donate $1 to breast cancer research. In 2021, Lucy Rosé got a sister with Lucy Pico Blanco and for every bottle sold, they donate $1 to ocean conservancy.
Pico Blanco is a peak on the coast of Big Sur in the Santa Lucia Range of the Los Padres National Forest and the inspiration for the name of the Lucy Pico Blanco. This is a wine that represents Monterey County and the fruit is sourced from two areas within the county, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Arroyo Seco. The grapes are grown in this cool-climate region that is influenced by the Monterey Bay which brings cool air and fog.
The Lucy Pico Blanco is a blend of 70% Pinot Gris and 30% Pinot Blanc. Monterey actually has some of the largest plantings of Pinot Gris compared to any other coastal region in California. The grapes are picked, hand-sorted, and gently pressed to minimize skin contact. The juice is fermented with native yeasts in 100% neutral barrels. The wine is bottled without fining.
The wine is a pale gold color that shimmers. The nose is vibrant with notes of stone fruits, lemon curd, apple, and white flowers. On the palate, the wine is bright with fresh acidity and minerality but also a lovely roundness on the mid-palate with a long finish.
The Lucy 2021 Pico Blanco retails for $23 and $1 will be donated to ocean conservancy. To date, Lucy Rosé has raised over $125,000.00 for breast cancer research, so now it is time to buy lots of Pico Blanco in order to make the same impact for oceans.