2012 Guidotti Vineyard Pinot Noir

The Guidotti Vineyard is farmed by three longtime farmers in the Salinas Valley, brothers, Elmer, Milton and Jim Guidotti.  Testarossa’s Director of Winemaking, Bill Brosseau has known the Guidotti family since Bill could walk.  When Bill found out that the Guidotti brothers were looking for a winery to partner with in their newly planted Pinot Noir vineyard, Bill knew it would be a natural fit.

The Guidotti family started their farming in Arroyo Seco with dairy, sugar beets and lettuce.  In 1951 the brothers’ father purchased this property in what is now in the Santa Lucia Highlands Appellation, at the time the property was used mainly to grow barley and to graze cattle.  The Guidottis continue to farm lettuce, seed crops and other row crops here.  In 2008 they added 12 acres of Pinot Noir to their ranch, located at the southern end of the Santa Lucia Highlands, choosing clones 115, 667 and Pommard.

Guidotti Pinot Noir is one of our four Monopole wines where Testarossa gets 100% of the fruit from the vineyard. This is the second vintage of Guidotti Pinot Noir.

Tasting Notes

"Brick red hue.  Notes of red cherry, cranberry, pomegranate, anise, and sage make for a unique match of fruit and spice.  Flavors of cherry, cranberry, sage, and cloves pair nicely into a very refined profile.  The tannins and acidity are in the background and very complimentary of each other.  While there is some tension in the tannins, this wine finishes very refined and well structured.  As these vines age and roots penetrate the challenging soils, I expect the tannins to get silky over the next few years.  Enjoy now through 2020."

~Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking