Project Description

2016 Brosseau Vineyard Pinot Noir

Chalone AVA

Tasting Notes

“Deep purple hue. Engaging scents of ripe cherry pie, ripe cranberry, sage, and rose petal. With some aeration, notes of roasted strawberry, cassis, and cola round out the nose. Upon taste, the red fruits and sage subtly move to front. Fine tannins and expansive texture gives way to a dense core and youthful balance. This wine finishes beautifully with an intricate, long, and lingering mineral profile. Enjoy now through 2028.”

~Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Buy Wine

“Deep, brilliant red. An exotically perfumed bouquet evokes red and dark berry preserves, Asian spices, rose and cola, with a smoky mineral accent adding vivacity. Sweet and expansive on the palate, offering juicy black raspberry, cherry-vanilla and spicecake flavors along with suggestions of mocha and floral pastilles. Lush yet vibrant and focused as well, with velvety tannins building slowly and adding subtle grip to a strikingly long, penetrating finish.”

Antonio Galloni
Josh Raynolds

Production Data

Growers: Jon, Jan and Bill Brosseau
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands AVA
Barrel Aging: 18 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 50% new
Production: 13 barrels
Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Acidity: 6.29 g/L – 3.44 pH
Alcohol: 14.1%
Harvest: August 18, 2016
Club Release: January 9, 2019

Consume Now through 2028

Past Vintage Wine Scores

“From the Chalone AVA, the 2015 Pinot Noir Brosseau Vineyard was destemmed and spent 12 months in 60% New French oak. It offers a gorgeous texture as well as medium-bodied richness, sweet tannin and classic notes of black raspberries, toasted spice and white flowers. It’s a beautiful Pinot Noir that excels in the vintage.”

Jeb Dunnuck
August 2, 2017

“Dense in its core with aromas of black fruit, rose buds, chipped slate and a touch of anise, this also has a cran-raspberry freshness that emerges on the nose with time. The palate is redolent with dried thyme, oregano, marjoram and fennel that meet with cooked cranberry fruit and turned-earth flavors.”

Wine Enthusiast

“Medium ruby color; earthy black cherry and raspberry aromas with notes of forest floor and mint; firm black cherry, dark plum and raspberry flavors with notes of earth and cedar; good structure and balance; long finish. Big, tannic Pinot that needs time to develop.”

Pinot Report

“Deep ruby color; deep, complex cherry aromas with earthy, savory spice notes; dense, full dark cherry flavors with earthy, oak notes; good structure and balance; long finish. Earthy, dense Pinot that’s more elegant than you might expect.”

Pinot Report

“Bring on the steak! The acidity on this Pinot yearns for animal fat to cut through, while the toasty oak longs for the smokiness of charred protein for the perfect marriage. With a delicate texture, the raspberry fruit and cola flavors make the wine delicious, but it’s also an ager. Drink now–2023.”

Wine Enthusiast

The Brosseau Vineyard

The Brosseau estate in the Chalone appellation is arguably the most unique vineyard source in the Testarossa line-up. Standing 1,600 feet above sea level in Monterey County’s Gabilan Mountains, you can actually see the Brosseau Vineyard’s terroir. The rocky crags and peaks of nearby Pinnacles National Monument loom over the almost moonscape-like panorama. This is the heart of the historic Chalone appellation, where you can literally taste the district’s ancient decomposed granite and limestone soils in every drop of wine.  Owned by Testarossa Director of Winemaking, Bill Brosseau’s family, the property was originally planted in 1980. Brosseau manages the entire process from the dirt to the bottle and the results are stunning.

Past Vintages

Wine Production Data

Tasting Notes

“Dark red color. Beautiful scents of cherry, anise, pomegranate, and rose petal united with spices of sage, wild thyme, and rosemary. There are even some interesting elements of molasses and lemon-zest in the background. These intriguing and complex characters continue through the palate, highlighting the lush, dense, and polished tannins. This youthful Pinot Noir is oozing with minerality and distinctiveness, reminiscent of the limestone and granitic soils from where it is grown. The long and lingering finish gives way to a graceful life ahead. Enjoy now through 2028.”

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Jon, Jan and Bill Brosseau
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands AVA
Barrel Aging: 12 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 60% new
Production: 12 barrels
Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Acidity: 6.57 g/L – 3.65 pH
Alcohol: 14.1%
Harvest: September 14, 2015
Club Release: January 23, 2018

Consume Now through 2028

 

Tasting Notes

“Rich red hue. While this wine is still very youthful, a vast array of aroma characteristics flow out with notes of bing cherry, cloves, caramel, sage and anise. With some time, elements of cranberry, pomegranate, rose petal, raspberry and boysenberry round out this complex profile.  Upon taste, these characters of spice, floral, red and dark fruits intensify while being framed by notes of wet stone. The wet stone or that of minerality shows a strong sense of place along with vibrant, yet polished tannins.  While the acidity is modest in nature, this Pinot Noir delivers substance with graceful intricacies. The undulating, dynamic, and mineral laden finish lends this wine for immediate enjoyment along with a long, bright future ahead. Enjoy now through 2028.”

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Jon, Jan and Bill Brosseau
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands AVA
Barrel Aging: 11.5 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 61% new
Production: 33 barrels
Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Acidity: 5.91 g/L – 3.56 pH
Alcohol: 14%
Harvest: August 19, 2014
Club Release: January 17, 2017

Consume Now through 2028
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Tasting Notes

“Deep red color. Scents of dark cherry, anise, ripe cranberry, jasmine, cocoa and boysenberry make for an enjoyable experience. As these characters settle on the palate, the flavors are met with a nice under-lying minerality. This wine is distinctive as well as expansive, with fine tannins and bright acidity. The finish is intricate and well structured, lending itself to extended aging potential. This Pinot will hold up well to dense meat dishes like lamb, pork or steak. Enjoy now through 2027.”

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Jon, Jan and Bill Brosseau
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands AVA
Barrel Aging: 11.5 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak
Production: 21 barrels
Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
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Club Release: October 24, 2015

Consume Now through 2027

 

WEATHER HOLD ADVISORY: Please note that due to the fragile nature of wine and the impending winter/summer season, we are unable to ship wines to states whose temperatures have dropped below 32  / risen above 90 degrees on average. Orders will be kept in our temperature controlled cellar until more moderate temperatures are reached. If you feel your area might be impacted, please contact us at clubt@testarossa.com to inquire about shipping options.

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