2012 Brosseau Vineyard Pinot Noir

Heavy limestone and decomposed granite soils give the grapes from the Brosseau Vineyard a distinctive old world style, yet still produces rich, forward new world fruit flavors.  Jon and Jan Brosseau planted their naturally low yielding vineyard in the shadow of Monterey County's Pinnacles National Monument in 1980.  These quarter century old vines, farmed by Testarossa winemaker, Bill Brosseau, produce grapes of uncommon intensity and concentration.  The soil consists of heavy limestone and lesser influence of decomposed granite, and exposure comes from the South, West and East.  The vineyard receives the benefit of the region's marine influenced afternoon breezes. 

"Deep purple hue.  Dense aromas of red cherry, cranberry, pomegranate paired with subtle notes of sage, anise, lemonzest.  There is an instant, luscious flavor profile that is accentuated by layers of cherry, cranberry, and lemonzest.  As the intensity fades, the silky tannins and bright acidity help lift the minerality inherent from these limestone and granitic soils.  This wine finishes with great depth, purity, and complexities, making it enjoyable now but has many great years ahead.  Drink now through 2024.  "

~Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking