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.
"Rich red hue. While this wine is still very youthful, a vast array of aroma characteristics flow out with notes of bing cherry, cloves, caramel, sage and anise. With some time, elements of cranberry, pomegranate, rose petal, raspberry and boysenberry round out this complex profile. Upon taste, these characters of spice, floral, red and dark fruits intensify while being framed by notes of wet stone. The wet stone or that of minerality shows a strong sense of place along with vibrant, yet polished tannins. While the acidity is modest in nature, this Pinot Noir delivers substance with graceful intricacies. The undulating, dynamic, and mineral laden finish lends this wine for immediate enjoyment along with a long, bright future ahead. Enjoy now through 2028."
~ Director of Winemaking, Bill Brosseau
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