2005 Rosella’s Vineyard Pinot Noir

Gary Franscioni planted his family vineyard, named after his lovely wife Rosella, on River Road in the heart of the Santa Lucia Highlands. Intense wines result from the labor intensive farming, Arroyo Seco sandy loam soil, and a marine climate highlighted by strong coastal winds blowing off Monterey Bay which make for foggy mornings, breezy afternoons and a long, drawn out growing season.

The Rosella’s Vineyard is known for its intensity of rich ripe fruit with layers of spice and minerality from the gravelly-loam soils of the Santa Lucia Highlands. This Pinot Noir has complex flavors of black cherry, plum, and wild berry with hints of fresh earth complemented by flavors of vanilla bean and caramel. The sleek, long finish ends with essences of anise and sage.

TASTING NOTES: Deep red color. Scents of red cherry, cloves, black pepper, and mint come off easily upon swirling of the glass. The alluring aromas carry on through the palate to a crisp, yet silky texture. While having all the attributes of a delicate Pinot, this wine delivers subtle substance with a lingering finish of ripe cherries and cloves. Drink now through 2013.