Garys’ Vineyard is one of the most famous properties in the Santa Lucia Highlands; Pinot Noir fruit from here is sought-after by many of the finest wineries in the world. Garys’ is a partnership between Gary Pisoni and Gary Franscioni, two of the Highlands’ most dynamic growers. Originally planted in 1997, Gary’s has eight acres of Estrella clone Syrah. The property’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 and a very northern Rhone/Hermitage style of Syrah. One acre of Syrah at Garys is allocated annually to Testarossa.
This 2010 release marks the twelfth vintage in Testarossa’s close relationship with this famous vineyard. Thanks to our long track record, Director of Winemaking, Bill Brosseau is allowed substantial input on the viticultural practices in the blocks destined for Testarossa - always striving to exhibit Garys’ special sense of place.
The 2010 vintage was an exceptionially cool year in the Highlands, providing a small crop of focused, intense Syrah fruit. The 2010 Syrah harvest at Garys’ took place on the 22nd of October.
Upon arrival at the winery, the fruit was carefully hand sorted, de-stemmed and allowed an extended cold soak. A gentle gravity flow process is used throughout the winery. The whole berries went through primary fermentation in our custom open top fermenters. The free run wine was then racked into French oak, of which thirty-two percent was new. Secondary malolactic conversion occurred naturally. The wine was allowed twenty-one months of barrel aging. Only 224 cases were produced.