2010 Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

Working closely with some of the top vineyards in the Santa Lucia Highlands appellation, Testarossa has produced this limited release Pinot Noir from the exceptional 2010 vintage. The Highlands is one of the state’s best known regions for world-class Pinot Noir. 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. Testarossa’s partnership with the top vineyards in the SLH ensure only the highest quality fruit makes it to the winery. For this vintage, proprietors Rob and Diana Jensen primarily drew upon the Doctor’s, Dos Rubios, and Fogstone estates. 

The 2010 growing season in the Highlands was one of the coolest on record. Colder than normal summer temperatures pushed harvest pick dates back into early October. The SLH was fortunate in that the area did not receive damaging fall rains, allowing the fruit to hang as long as needed. The intensity of flavor in the eventual
small crop promised well for the 2010 vintage. 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 - forty percent
of that being new barrels. Secondary malolactic conversion occurred naturally. The wine was allowed eleven months of barrel aging. 2640 cases were produced.