Gary Franscioni planted his family vineyard, named after his lovely wife Rosella, on River Road in the heart of the Santa Lucia Highlands. Intense wines result from the labor intensive farming, Arroyo Seco sandy loam soil, and a marine climate highlighted by strong coastal winds blowing off Monterey Bay which make for foggy mornings, breezy afternoons and a long, drawn out growing season.
The Rosella’s Vineyard is known for its intensity of rich ripe fruit with layers of spice and minerality from the gravelly-loam soils of the Santa Lucia Highlands. This Chardonnay has complex flavors of apple, pear, lemon, and apricot flavors with hints of fresh earth all wrapped up in a blanket of spicy French oak. The finish is silky smooth with just a whisper of hazelnut and nutmeg essence.
Straw color. Aromas of honey, nectarine, citrus, and custard jump readily out of the glass. Luscious flavors of apricot, peach, and butterscotch pair nicely subtle oak spice, maintaining well-rounded wine. The supple mouth-feel is followed by a crisp, austere finish, rending this wine capable of immediate gratification as well as extended cellaring. Drink now through 2013. - Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking