"Deep red hue. Vibrant notes of anise, vanilla bean, orange blossom, dark cherry, cranberry, strawberry preserves swirl nicely in the nose. Flavors of cherry, cranberry, and citrus transition nicely into a refreshing palate, balanced with crisp acidity and silky tannins. Finish is multi-layered, complex, and hedonistic. Drink now through 2018." ~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking
Working closely with some of the top vineyards in the Santa Lucia Highlands’ appellation, Testarossa has produced this limited release Pinot Noir from the exceptional 2012 vintage. The Highlands is one of the state’s best known regions for world-class Pinot Noir. The area’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. Testarossa’s production team’s experience with the best estates in the SLH insure only the highest quality fruit makes it to the winery. For this vintage, proprietors Rob and Diana Jensen and winemaker Bill Brosseau primarily drew upon the Dos Rubios and Doctor’s vineyards.
91 points, Wine Enthusiast. "There is a powerful purity of fruit on the nose of this appellation blend from the single-vineyard-loving crew at Testarossa. Raspberry and fresh minerality rise to the top of the aroma profile. On the palate, it’s soft and elegant, with a cranberry core bolstered by tar and peppercorn edges and a long finish."