2019 Cortada Alta Vineyard Pinot Noir

Santa Lucia Highlands AVA

Tasting Notes

“Medium garnet hue. Aromas of dried cranberry, pomegranate, orange zest, and vanilla bean leap out of the glass. With some further aeration, notes of papaya, dried cherry, and dried roses round out the aroma profile. Upon taste, these attributes persist and are united by modest acidity and expansive tannins. This Pinot Noir finishes with supple texture and a soothing polish. Enjoy now through 2027.”

~Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking
February 2021

“Vivid red. A complex, highly perfumed bouquet evokes an array of fresh, spice-accented red and blue fruit and floral qualities, along with suggestions of vanilla, cola and woodsmoke. Sappy, alluring sweet and finely etched on the palate, offering intense raspberry, kirsch, candied rose and exotic spice flavors that deftly combine depth and vivacity. The floral and spice notes recur on a strikingly long, seamless finish that’s framed by smooth, polished tannins. 73% new French oak.”

Josh Raynolds
May 2022

Production Data

Growers: Peterson Family
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands AVA
Elevation/Exposure: 1400 ft./South, West, and East
Soil: Chualar loam with outcroppings of granite
Vineyard Age: 5 years
Viticulture Practice: 
Farmed Organic
Vinification: Destemmed, fermented in Stainless steel
Cooperage & Ageing:  14 months in 100% French Oak, 73% new
Production:  7.5 barrels
Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Acidity: 3.72 pH, 5.72 TA (g/L)
Alcohol: 14.2%
Harvest: October 11, 2019, hand harvested
Club Release: February 2021
Release Price: $74

Drink Now through 2027

Past Vintage Wine Scores

“Deep color, soft cherry nose, silky texture with remarkable depth for such a young wine, mature cherry fruit; rich, complex and long.”

Anthony Dias Blue
September 2020

“An intriguing and decidedly complex wine right from the first sniff whose moderately intense aromas of black cherries and creamy oak are accented with notes of dusty soil and a near-subliminal hint of ginger, the 2018 Cortada Alta Vineyard Pinot is, if anything, even deeper and richer than billed once in the mouth. Its fruity concentration and focus are first rate, and its balance is impeccable. It is, in short, a complete and very rich, well-layered wine that could go for another ten years, and, if wanting of a wait for no less than half that long in order to fully bloom, it is undeniably tasty now and is certain to tempt early drinking.”

Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine
June 2021

“Limpid ruby-red. Pungent red berry, cherry pit and floral scents are accompanied by suggestions of blood orange, vanilla and succulent herbs. Sappy and focused on the palate, offering cherry-vanilla, red currant, mocha and licorice flavors and a touch of candied rose. Spreads out nicely with air and finishes very long, with a gently tannic note, resonating florality and smooth, well-judged tannins that lend gentle grip.”

Josh Raynolds
Antonio Galloni’s Vinous
November 2019

The Cortada Alta Vineyard

This family owned vineyard is the second vineyard property for John and Lynn Peterson, the first being the Peterson Vineyard on River Road. Cortada Alta is Spanish for “High Notch” as it is located in the western notch of the Santa Lucia Highlands appellation. It sits at 1,400 feet in elevation and has a South Eastern exposure. The soil is rich Chualar loam with outcroppings of granite. This sunny site sits mostly above the fogline with expansive views of the Salinas Valley below. Planted in 2014, Testarossa’s first vintage of Pinot Noir from the vineyard was in 2017 and the first vintage of Chardonnay was in 2019.

Past Vintages

Wine Production Data

Tasting Notes

“Dark red color. Complex notes of pomegranate, ripe cherry, cranberry, orange zest, roasted strawberry, jasmine, and cola make for an engaging experience. These characteristics stay true in the palate and crescendo to an expansive, full mouthfeel. An intricate, yet bold finish gives way to pleasure right now. Enjoy now through 2026.”

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Peterson Family
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands AVA
Barrel Aging:  21 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 50% new
Production:  11 barrels
Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Acidity: 3.54 pH, 6.16 TA (g/L)
Alcohol: 14.4%
Harvest: October 2, 2018
Club Release: November 2020

Drink Now through 2026

Tasting Notes

“Deep red hue. Abundant scents of pomegranate, jasmine, orange, and cranberry. With some time in the glass, notes of chokecherry, rhubarb, and bacon become present. Once in the palate, these characters persist, with notes of bacon, red fruits, and citrus leading the pack. This high altitude Pinot Noir shows its size with generous tannins and vibrant acidity. Shortly thereafter, this wine finishes modestly, with some tension, and intricate textures. Enjoy now through 2025.”

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Peterson Family
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands AVA
Barrel Aging:  18 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 53% new
Production:  10 barrels
Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Acidity: 6.32 g/L – 3.42 pH
Alcohol: 14.1%
Harvest: September 28, 2017
Club Release: September 2019

Drink Now through 2025

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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