Doctor’s Vineyard is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after Pinot Noir sources in the Highlands. Owned by the pioneering Hahn family, it is one of the oldest properties in the Santa Lucia Highlands appellation. The area’s close proximity to Monterey Bay makes for a very cool climate, with one of California’s longest growing seasons. The resulting slow, gentle ripening allows for full flavor development on the vine. Doctor’s has almost 200 acres of Pinot Noir and is certified sustainable by CCVT. This 2010 release marks the third vintage Testarossa has sourced fruit from this great estate, pulling from 24 acres set aside for us - primarily employing clones Calera,Pommard 5, and Swan. Testarossa Director of Winemaking, Bill Brosseau works closely with Hahn vineyard manager Andy Mitchell to insure minimal intervention in the vineyard - allowing the fruit to express the estate’s unique sense of place.
The 2010 vintage was an exceptionially cool year in the Highlands, providing a small crop of focused, intense Pinot fruit. The trademark, rich cherry and spice character of Pinot Noir from Doctor’s Vineyard is in evidence here; harvest occured in mid- October. Upon arrival at the winery, the fruit was carefully hand sorted and allowed an extended “cold soak.” A gentle gravity flow process is used throughout the winery. The free run juice went through primary fermentation before being racked into French oak - forty-two percent being new barrels. Secondary malo-lactic conversion occured naturally. The wine was allowed ten months of barrel aging. Only 759 cases were produced.