Doctor’s Vineyard is owned and farmed by the Hahn family and sits almost in the middle of the Santa Lucia Highlands. This 2012 release marks the fourth vintage in Testarossa’s relationship with Doctor’s Vineyard. The 2010 and 2011 vintages were extremely well-received by critics and consumers alike and the 2012 is proving to show promise as well. The vineyard sits at 400-550 ft. in elevation with a Southeast exposure. Testarossa currently receives 40 of the 194 acres of Pinot Noir planted at Doctor's. The vinyard was originally planted in 1991 and Testarossa's blocks include more than 10 different Pinot Noir clones.
2012 was a banner year, with near perfect weather conditions. No significant rains disrupted the budding season and the predictable climate allowed the grapes to ripen to their full potential.
"Deep red color. The density of this Pinot is so intense, it has difficulty showing openness on the aroma profile. Subtle notes of anise, dried herbs, sage, orange-peel, papaya, chokecherry, and pomegranate make for a very complex showing. All of these characters build intensity on the richly layered palate. Silky and seductive tannins unite with a pure, vibrant finish, maintaining a very lively experience. Drink now through 2020".
~Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking