From Sue Ryan,
Testarossa Lead Wine Educator
This week we will be releasing our 2021 Sierra Mar Vineyard Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Our staff had the opportunity to try the wines this past weekend and they are incredible! I will get to them in a bit as I thought I would start with a brief history of the Sierra Mar Vineyard.
The Sierra Mar Vineyard is owned and farmed by the Franscioni Family: Gary, Rosella, Nick, Adam and Tamara. Gary Franscioni is a third-generation farmer. The family planted mostly row crops, lemons and avocados. Gary Franscioni saw his childhood friend, Gary Pisoni was having success planting grapes. He saw Nicky Hahn was also having success growing grapes in the Santa Lucia Highlands. And, Gary Franscioni started tasting and enjoying wine. Perfect timing. Fun Fact: Gary Franscioni was a Food Science major at Cal Poly!
Sierra Mar Vineyard also grows more than Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Also planted are Grenache, Viognier and Syrah. At a recent Testarossa University class we were lucky to be able to taste the Syrah and Grenache. Fantastic!
In 2004, Gary had 1000 acres being used for cattle grazing. Great soil but no water. He invested in pumps to push the water three miles up from the Salinas River to the land at 1,000 feet. This is now the Sierra Mar Vineyard.
The Franscionis are meticulous farmers. Each vine and cluster at Sierra Mar are touched every twelve to fourteen days!
Let’s check out Testarossa’s new releases from Sierra Mar!