This is our first release from this latest vineyard collaboration between Gary Pisoni and Gary Franscioni. Named for the family of the original Spanish land grant, the site is in the heart of the Santa Lucia Highlands appellation. It is situated on a small bluff right next door to famed Garys’ Vineyard. First planted in 2007, Soberanes has thirty-eight acres of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah. It sits on classic alluvial sandy loam soil. Mark Pisoni and Gary Franscioni are the vineyard managers.
This debut release is an exciting one for Testarossa; it is a continuation of our long relationship with the two Garys. Given our track record, Director of Winemaking, Bill Brosseau is allowed substantial input on the viticultural practices in the blocks destined for Testarossa.
The 2011 vintage was very cool and wet in the Highlands; yields were down but careful farming provided a small crop of focused, intense Pinot fruit. The Pinot Noir harvest at Soberanes 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 fifty-five percent was new. Secondary malolactic conversion occurred naturally. The wine was allowed ten months of barrel aging. Only twelve barrels were produced.
“Medium red color. Our first offering of Pinot Noir from this exciting new vineyard, next door to Garys’. While a little shy and reserved at first, the aromas open up nicely into dark cherry, boysenberry, black pepper, and vanilla bean. On the palate, there is a nice range of textures complimenting the cherry and boysenberry characters. This wine finishes with a supple, hedonistic touch. Enjoy through 2018. It will go great with a wide variety of dishes - think roast chicken, salmon, or lamb preparations.”