2008 Graham Family Pinot Noir

Our Graham Family Vineyard Pinot Noir, from the western (coolest) end of the Russian River Valley, is an elegant wine of amazing fi nesse with hints of spicy cherry, wild berry and plum fruit wrapped in layers of toasty oak and a fi rm backbone of structure. This Pinot Noir finishes with just the right amount of tannin and acidity to give it balance and depth on the palate.Howard and Linda Graham have been strong supporters of Testarossa since 1994.

After Howard retired from high tech in 2000, he worked the entire harvest with us. A Russian River Valley Pinot Noir vineyard was his next dream. After a year of searching we found a ten-acre knoll-top site with even exposure and Gold Ridge soils. Five Pinot Noir clones were selected and the vineyard was planted in 2002.

TASTING NOTES:

Brick red color. Scents of blueberry, cherry, anise, and cinnamon comprise the aromas of this delicate Pinot Noir from the cool edge of
the Russian River. Red cherry, raspberry, cranberry and creme brulee balance out the fl avor profi le with fi ne tannins and lush acidity. This multi-layered and complex Pinot is one of our strongest efforts to date. Drink now through 2015. - Bill Brosseau, Wine Director