Garys’ Vineyard is arguably the most famous property in the Santa Lucia Highlands; Pinot Noir fruit from here is sought-after by many of the finest wineries in the world for their most limited releases. Garys’ is a partnership between Gary Pisoni and Gary Franscioni, two of the Highlands’ most dynamic growers. Originally planted in 1997, Gary’s has forty-two acres of “Pisoni clone” Pinot Noir. 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. Three acres of Pinot Noir at Garys’ are allocated annually to Testarossa.
This 2011 release marks the thirteenth vintage in Testarossa’s close relationship with this famous vineyard. Thanks to our long track record, winemaker Bill Brosseau is allowed substantial input on the viticultural processes on the blocks destined for Testarossa - always striving to exhibit Garys’ special “sense of place”. The 2011 vintage was a touch cooler than average and allowed for extended hang time without over-ripeness.
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, of which thirty-four percent was new. Secondary malo-lactic conversion occurred naturally. The wine was allowed eleven months of barrel aging.
"Deep red color. Ripe bing cherry, cranberry, black pepper, cloves, and orange blossoms harmonize for an engaging first glance at this youthful Pinot Noir. Upon taste, the spice, fruit, and floral notes continue into a vast palate expanse. Silky tannins and vibrant acidity give way to incredible definition of textures in the palate. While quite hedonistic now, this wine has the pedigree to become even more expansive and enjoyable over the years ahead. Drink now through 2020."