For Testarossa’s Cuvée Los Gatos releases, Rob and Diana Jensen and Director of Winemaking Bill Brosseau select and combine vineyard lots from highly regarded growing districts. For this bottling, the grapes were sourced from Monterey County. In particular, a majority of the fruit came from vineyards in the northern end of the Santa Lucia Highlands appellation - one of the state’s best known regions for world-class Pinot Noir. The Highlands 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.
The 2012 growing season in Monterey County had moderate weather from start to finish and there were no hard freezes or hot spells. The fruit benefited from extended hang time without over-ripeness. Although there was rainfall during the season, the timing was such that crops did not suffer. The acidity for the vintage is a touch lower than last year and the wines are accessible young.
"Vibrant pink/orange hue. Fresh aromas of mandarin orange, banana, strawberry, red cherry, and papaya collaborate nicely in this first 2012 showing. Modest richness and subtle acidity are consistent for the vintage. The wine ends smooth and hedonistic. Drink now through 2014 to experience this wine in its youth."