2006 Rosellas Vineyard Pinot Noir

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 Pinot Noir has complex flavors of black cherry, plum, and wild berry with hints of fresh earth complemented by flavors of vanilla bean and caramel.

The sleek, long finish ends with essences of anise and sage.~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.

TASTING NOTES:

Rich red color. Hints of raspberry, citrus, and black pepper
lead this wine to a great first impression. Flavors of cherry,
raspberry, and strawberry are carefully balanced with fine
grained tannins. This wine finishes strong with crisp acidity
and expansive tannins. Drink now through 2015 - Bill Brosseau, Wine Director