2012 Fogstone Vineyard Pinot Noir

Fogstone Vineyard is owned by Bret Sisney and Gary Filizetti and it one of the northernmost estates in the Santa Lucia Highlands. It is on an east facing slope that rises from 200 feet to 500 feet as you go up the bench. Originally planted in 1992 through 2000, Fogstone has thirty-five acres of Pinot Noir, 100% of which are designated for Testarossa, making it one of our four Monopole wines. The property’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. Fogstone is one of Testarossa’s most innovative vineyard partners; Winemaker Bill Brosseau directly oversees all the farming and viticultural decisions for the acres that are designated for the winery. This is Testarossa’s third vintage of Fogstone Pinot Noir.

Tasting Notes

"Medium brick hue. Generous opening of fruit and spice in the nose. Notes of bing cherry, blackberry, and cranberry are complimented by elements of anise, sage, cloves, cinnamon, and vanilla bean. Following the engaging nose on this wine, there is a focused expression of cherry, raspberry, cranberry, anise, and sage on the palate. The texture of this enticing Pinot Noir shows fine, integrated tannins paired with bright acidity. This wine finishes balanced and decadent, while lingering considerably. Enjoy now through 2022."

~Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking