2005 Palazzio Pinot Noir

The name Testarossa (Italian for “red-head”) was Rob’s nickname while a University student in Assisi, Italy almost 20 years ago. We named our flagship Pinot Noir “Palazzio” (a derivation of the Italian word for “Palace”) to continue the theme we started with our Castello (“Castle”) Chardonnay

Palazzio Pinot Noir is a blend of several vineyards which combines more forward “California style” fruit from Santa Barbara, with more “old world style” Pinot Noir from Monterey to create a blend that combines rich forward, sweet red fruit flavors, with an underlying backbone of minerals and firm acidity. It is a wine that is praised not only for its exceptional quality but also its great value.

TASTING NOTES: Deep red color. Aromas of black pepper, vanilla, cherry, and spice. Upon taste, there are flavors of cherry, vanilla bean, and blackberries. Fine tannins and crisp acidity wrap around subtle hints of French oak leading to a lingering and rich finish. Drink now through 2013 - Bill Brosseau, Wine Director.