Rosella’s Vineyard is one of the most renowned estates in the Santa Lucia Highlands. It is owned by Gary and Rosella Franscioni. Originally planted in 1999, Rosella’s has forty 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. Two acres of Pinot Noir at Rosella’s are allocated annually to Testarossa.
This 2011 release marks the eleventh vintage in Testarossa’s relationship with this Rosella’s. 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 the individudal property’s special sense of place.
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 Rosella’s took place in mid 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 thirty-five percent was new. Secondary malolactic conversion occurred naturally. The wine was allowed fourteen months of barrel aging. Only thirteen barrels were produced.