2005 Fritschen Vineyard Pinot Noir

In Sonoma County, just across the Russian River from some of the most famous Pinot Noir vineyards in the country, sits John Fritschen’s 3-acre hillside vineyard. A perfect location, steep slopes, meticulous farming and exciting new low-yielding clones contribute to incredibly intense flavors. Testarossa’s exclusivity with this vineyard makes the Fritschen Vineyard our first “Monopole” Pinot Noir.

The Fritschen Vineyard offers its own unique expression of classic central Russian River Valley Pinot Noir characteristics. The steep hillsides lead to lower yields that further concentrate the Pinot flavors of red cherry, plum, spice, and a hint of pomegranate. The nose gives lovely violet notes with a wisp of herb and sage. A silky mouthfeel leads to a long elegant finish.


Deep, rich red hue. Initial aromas of cinnamon, cloves, and black pepper. Not before too long, does the ripe cherry and raspberry come to the forefront. This wine is very rich and expansive in the palate, showing more fruit than spice. The silky tannins lead to immediate gratification, yet this wine will offer so much more over the years to come. Drink now through 2014 - Bill Brosseau, Wine Director