2016 Niclaire Pinot Noir

About The Jensen Reserve Society

Twenty-four years ago, Diana and I, two engineers from Santa Clara University, followed our passion and started making wine in our small Silicon Valley garage. Six years later, we released our first Niclaire "prestige Cuvée" Pinot Noir made from a small selection of only our finest barrels. With such an amazing array of world-class vineyards and Bill Brousseau leading our winemaking team for the past 17 years, we are beyond proud to offer the newest vintage of our most elegant, long-aging, limited availability Jensen family reserve wines: the 2016 Diana's Chardonnay and 2016 Niclaire Pinot Noir. Thank you for being such a wonderful part of this amazing dream and our Testarossa family!

Winemaker Tasting Notes

"Dark red color. The aroma profile is comprised of fruit, floral, and spice. While shy at first, this youthful Pinot Noir blend shows red cherry, anise, lemon-zest, crème brulee, and boysenberry. After some time, notes of violets, jasmine, and cloves round out the profile. As this wine flows into the palate, these profiles remain consistent and equal in balance. The mouthfeel showcases a voluptuous and lively touch, while maintaining harmony with intensity of texture and flavors. This youthful, plush, and hedonistic blend should continue to deliver enjoyment for many years to come. Enjoy now through 2028." Director of Winemaking Bill Brosseau

95 points, Anthony Dias Blue (The SOMM Journal)

"Bright ruby color; soft plum and berry nose; smooth, lush texture; ripe cherry and berry fruit, meaty and rich with balance and depth; complex and long."

95 points, International Wine Review

"This is a youthful Pinot Noir which is initially reticent on the attack but opens up in the glass. It is a lovely wine sourced from the best barrels of the vintage. It is harmonious and beautifully integrated with a soft elegant mouth feel and good density of flavor and excellent palate presence. Superb!"

Barrel Composition

Barrel # Vineyard (Clone) Cooper Type
16351 Brosseau (113) Mercurey Light & Long
16327 Doctor's (777) Mercurey Light & Long
15024 Doctor's (Calera) Remond Medium Toast Long
15320 Doctor's (Calera) Mercurey Light & Long
15029 Doctor's (Calera) Remond Medium Toast Long
14331 Doctor's (Calera) Francois Frere Medium Toast
15319  Doctor's (Calera) Mercurey Light & Long
15304 Fogstone (667) Bel Air Medium Long
16105 Garys' (Pisoni) Francois Frere Medium Toast
16112 Garys' (Pisoni) Francois Frere Medium Toast Plus
15177 La Rinconada (4) Francois Frere Medium Toast
15185 La Rinconada (4) Francois Frere Medium Toast
15197 Pisoni (Pisoni) Francois Frere Medium Toast
16096 Rincon (777) Francois Frere Medium Toast
16030 Rosella's (Pisoni) Remond Medium Toast Long
16123 Rosella's (Pisoni) Francois Frere Medium Toast
16004 Sanford & Benedict (115) Remond Medium Toast Long
16093 Sanford & Benedict (Calera) Francois Frere Medium Toast Plus
16186 Soberanes (Pisoni) Francois Frere Medium Toast
16081 Tondre (777) Francois Frere Medium Toast
15275 Tondre (777) Francois Frere Medium Toast
15053 Tondre (Pommard) Remond Medium Toast Long


WEATHER HOLD ADVISORY - Please note that due to the fragile nature of wine and the impending winter season, we are  unable to ship wine to states whose temperatures have fallen below 32 degrees Farenheit. If you feel your area might be impacted, please contact us at clubt@testarossa to inquire about shipping options.


Score History

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