2006 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:

Dark red color. There are aromas of red cherry, raspberry, vanilla bean, anise, and black pepper. This wine smells rich and only gets better in the palate with ripe cherry and strawberry flavors, wrapped around a spicy core. The plush tannins and crisp acidity make this wine fresh today, but should age well for up to 6-7 years. - Bill Brosseau, Wine Director