Owned by Tondre Alarid and his son Joe Tondre, the Tondre Grapefield is right in the middle of the Santa Lucia Highlands just South of Garys' Vineyard and adjacent to the Soberanes Vineyard. The Grapefield faces South/Southeast and is at between 300-400 ft. in elevation. It was originally planted in 1997 on 6 acres and now stands at 80 acreas of Pinot Noir and 21 acres of Chardonnay. Tondre and Joe have almost a century of farming the Salinas Valley between them. This is Testarossa's first vintage of Tondre Grapefield Pinot Noir.
The 2012 growing season in the Highlands was free of significant weather events. No significant rain impacted the budding period and the predictable weather allowed the fruit to hang as long as needed for full ripening of the fruit, delivering an abundant yeild.
Upon arrival at the winery, the fruit was carefully hand sorted and allowed an extended cold soak. A gentle gravity flow process is used throughout the winery. The free run juice went through primary fermentation before being racked into French oak, of which 50Â percent was new. Secondary malo-lactic conversion occurred naturally. The wine was allowed eleven months of barrel aging.
"Dark red hue. Scents of cranberry, pomegranate, orange blossoms, and bing cherry fill the aroma profile. The palate of this wine is quite smooth with silky tannins and red fruit notes from start to finish. From the heart of the appellation, this wine shines with many hedonistic qualities from a strong vintage. Drink now through 2018."
- Bill Brosseau