2005 Graham Family Pinot Noir

Howard and Linda Graham have been strong supporters of Testarossa since 1994. After Howard retired from high tech in 2000, he worked the entire harvest with us. A Russian River Valley Pinot Noir vineyard was his next dream. After a year of searching we found a ten-acre knoll-top site with even exposure and Gold Ridge soils. Five Pinot Noir clones were selected, and the vineyard was planted in 2002.

Our Graham Family Vineyard Pinot Noir, from the western (coolest) end of the Russian River Valley, is an elegant wine of amazing finesse with hints of spicy cherry, wild berry and plum fruit wrapped in layers of toasty oak and a firm backbone of structure. This Pinot Noir finishes with just the right amount of tannin and acidity to give it balance and depth on the palate.

TASTING NOTES:

Brick red color. Aromas of cloves, cinnamon, cherries, and strawberries unite in this wine. The palate of this wine is lush with cherries and strawberries with hints of black pepper. While the Graham Family is not know for it’s size, it makes up for it with it’s weight or richness in the palate. This wine should drink well for 5-6 years - Bill Brosseau, Wine Director