Fogstone Vineyard is owned by Bret Sisney and Gary Filizetti and is one of the northernmost estates in the Santa Lucia Highlands. It is on an east facing slope that rises from 200 feet to 500 feet as you go up the bench. Originally planted in 1993 through 1997, Fogstone has thirty-five acres of Pinot Noir, all of which are designated for Testarossa.
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. Fogstone is one of Testarossa’s most innovative vineyard partners; Winemaker Bill Brosseau directly oversees all the farming and viticultural decisions for the acres that are designated for the winery. This is Testarossa’s second vintage of Fogstone Pinot Noir. The 2011 vintage was an exceptionially cool and wet year in the Highlands, providing a small crop of focused, intense Pinot fruit. The Pinot Noir harvest at Fogstone took place from late September to early 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 approximately sixty percent was new. Secondary malolactic conversion occurred naturally. The wine was allowed ten months of barrel aging. Nineteen barrels were produced.
"Medium red hue. Nose reminiscent of rose petal, cloves, red cherry, cranberry, and pomegranate. Silky tannins and subtle acidity help focus the flavors of pomegranate, cranberry, and orange. This cool climate Pinot Noir in a cool, damp vintage shows incredible balance and grace, yet offers some refreshing savory and hedonistic notes in the finish. Drink now through 2018."
~Bill Brosseau, Winemaker