The La Encantada Vineyard is one of coolest growing sites in the Sta. Rita Hills. It is planted on a ridge that straddles the Santa Ynez River Valley and experiences the full impact of the cool afternoon ocean breezes. Planted in 2000, it consists of 96 acres of Pinot Noir. It benefits from strong winds, morning fog and sunny days. these conditions provide a long, cool growing season averaging 30 to 45 days longer than many of California's wine growing areas. This allows for a longer 'hang time' and more intense and complex flavors.
The 2012 growing season in the Sta. Rita Hills, like much of California, was one of the best on record with no severe weather events and a bountiful yield. This is Testarossa's second vintage of the La Encantada Vineyard Pinot Noir. The 2011 vintage was met with high acclaim and we are certain the 2012 will not disappoint.
"Dark red color. There is a tidal wave of cranberry, cherry, and pomegranate that jump readily out of the glass. With aeration, notes of anise, blueberry, and boysenberry make for a very complex Pinot Noir. Upon taste, these aromas segue nicely into a palate with layers of flavors, focused tannins, and balanced acidity. This cool climate site, within the Santa Rita Hills, showcases a more refined Pinot Noir for the region. Drink now through 2020."
~Bill Brosseau, Winemaker