2008 Brosseau Vineyard Pinot Noir

This is a minerally, complex old-world style Pinot Noir from one of the most limestone-rich vineyards in North America. Ripe fruit fl avors of cherries and dark red fruits combine with spice, dried flowers and earthy nuances. A long silky finish ends with hints of anise. Heavy limestone and decomposed granite soils give the grapes from the Brosseau Vineyard a distinctive old world style, yet still produces rich, forward new world fruit flavors.

Jon and Jan Brosseau planted their naturally low yielding vineyard in the shadow of Monterey County’s Pinnacles National Monument in 1980. These quarter century old vines, farmed by Testarossa winemaker, Bill Brosseau, produce grapesof uncommon intensity and concentration.The soil type of limestone and decomposed granite makes Brosseau Vineyard truly unique. This soil stunts the vines by minimizing nutrient and moisture retention, which leads to more complex and concentrated fruit. There is no other soil type like this anywhere on the west coast.

TASTING NOTES:

Dark red Color. This Pinot Noir proves that fruit goes well with spice. There are abundant aromas of ripe cherry, blueberry, followed by notes of sage, black pepper, and herbs de provence. This seamless fusion of fruit and spice is pulled off by elements of vanilla bean. As the wine flows into the palate, only notes of cherry, blueberry, and custard remain. While the mouthfeel is rich and mouth-coating, the expansive, yet fine grain tannins, leave this wine with a restrained and enjoyable finish. Drink now through 2017.