Garys’ Vineyard is arguably the most famous property in the Santa Lucia Highlands; Pinot Noir fruit from here is sought-after by many of the finest wineries in the world for their most limited releases. Garys’ is a partnership between Gary Pisoni and Gary Franscioni, two of the Highlands’ most dynamic growers. Originally planted in 1997, Gary’s has forty-two acres of “Pisoni clone” Pinot Noir. 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. Three acres of Pinot Noir at Garys’ are allocated annually to Testarossa.
This 2012 release marks the fourteenth vintage in Testarossa’s close relationship with this famous vineyard. Thanks to our long track record, Director of Winemaking Bill Brosseau is allowed substantial input on the viticultural processes on the blocks destined for Testarossa - always striving to exhibit Garys’ special “sense of place”. The 2012 vintage was a perfect year weather-wise with no detrimental weather events to impact the wine. The bountiful harvest was able to fully ripen to Brosseau's liking and was harvested in mid-October allowing ample hang-time.
"Medium dark red color. Engaging nose of fruit and flowers in this refreshing Pinot Noir. Lemon, pomegranate, currant, bing cherry are paired with hints of jasmine, orange blossoms, and violet. After some aeration, this wine continues to gain complexity with notes of cloves and custard. While it is difficult to stop smelling the hedonistic traits, when tasting, there is a distillation of citrus, pomegranate, and cherry characters. This elegant offering from Garys’ Vineyard offers bright, focused qualities showing the mature age of the vines, while unraveling in the finish to be multi-dimensional and loaded with subtleties. Drink now through 2020."
~Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking