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 fl avors, with an underlying
backbone of minerals and fi rm acidity. It is a wine that is praised not only for its exceptional quality but also its great value.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 fl agship Pinot Noir “Palazzio” (a derivation of the Italian word for “Palace”) to continue the theme we started with our
Castello (“Castle”) Chardonnay.
Medium red color. Aromas of cherry, black pepper, and cloves jump readily out of the glass. Hints of anise, strawberry, and some citrus
blossoms lie in the background. Flavors of cherry and black pepper carry through the palate of this wine. The texture of this wine is quite
lush with soft, expansive tannins and lively acidity. Paired with a nice dash of oak, this medium weight Pinot Noir ends with a lingering,
delicate fi nish. Drink now through 2013.