The Brosseau estate in the Chalone appellation is arguably the most unique vineyard source in the Testarossa line-up. Standing 1,600 feet above sea level in Monterey County’s Gabilan Mountains, you can actually see the Brosseau Vineyard’s terroir. The rocky crags and peaks of nearby Pinnacles National Monument loom over the almost moonscape-like panorama. This is the heart of the historic Chalone appellation, where you can literally taste the district’s ancient decomposed granite and limestone soils in every drop of wine. Owned by Testarossa Director of Winemaking, Bill Brosseau’s family, the property was originally planted in 1980. Brosseau manages the entire process from the dirt to the bottle and the results are stunning.
Deep red color. Scents of dark cherry, anise, ripe cranberry, jasmine, cocoa and boysenberry make for an enjoyable experience. As these characters settle on the palate, the flavors are met with a nice under-lying minerality. This wine is distinctive as well as expansive, with fine tannins and bright acidity. The finish is intricate and well structured, lending itself to extended aging potential. This Pinot will hold up well to dense meat dishes like lamb, pork or steak. Enjoy now through 2027.
~Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking