Project Description

2017 Garys’ Vineyard Pinot Noir

Santa Lucia Highlands AVA

Tasting Notes

“Medium red color. Initial aromas of cherry, papaya, orange blossom, and pomegranate lead the charge in this fine Pinot Noir. With some aeration, notes of chokecherry jam and anise round out the aroma profile. Upon taste, the palate flows towards pomegranate, anise, and papaya. As the wine continues to open up, the silky smooth tannins give way to brisk acidity. While this wine shows a long, and lingering finish, its youthful touch will continue to unravel and please over many years to come. Decanting is recommended for immediate enjoyment. Enjoy now through 2026.”

~Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

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2017 Vintage Review

“Deep ruby color; silky and lush with pretty cherry fruit and tangy acidity; juicy cherry and lovely balance; long and classic.”

Anthony Dias Blue
The SOMM Journal

May 2019

Production Data

Growers: Gary Pisoni and Gary Franscioni
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands AVA
Barrel Aging: 15 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 53% new
Production: 32 barrels
Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Acidity: 7.26 g/L – 3.19 pH
Alcohol: 14.5%
Harvest: September 11, 2017
Club Release: February 13, 2019

Consume Now through 2025

Wine Scores

“Limpid ruby-red. Expansive aromas of raspberry liqueur, vanilla, licorice and potpourri, with hints of smoky minerals and exotic spices in the background. Lush and appealingly sweet, displaying superb depth, velvety texture and sappy red/dark berry, spicecake and floral pastille flavors that show no rough edges. Rounded tannins build slowly and meld effortlessly with the wine’s juicy berry fruit on an impressively persistent, floral-tinged finish.”

Antonio Galloni
Josh Raynolds

“Brilliant ruby-red. A highly perfumed bouquet evokes ripe red and dark berries, vanilla and candied rose, and a spicy flourish adds lift. Stains the palate with sappy black raspberry, cherry cola and fruitcake flavors and picks up a smoky nuance on the back half. Shows serious depth, but a spine of juicy acidity gives the wine a surprisingly vibrant character. Supple tannins come on steadily on an impressively long, floral-tinged finish that echoes the smoke and cherry notes”.

Antonio Galloni
Josh Reynolds
November 2017

“One of the standouts from the Santa Lucia Highlands releases is the 2014 Pinot Noir Garys’ Vineyard. Beautifully defined, textured and seamless, with serious length on the finish, it has lots sappy underbrush, crushed rock and core of dark berry fruit. Aged 12 months in 56% new French oak, it should see its 10th birthday in fine form.”

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

“An impressive offering, rich and well-built, with tiers of raspberry, blackberry and spicy floral scents. The tannins are firm and muscular, yet fully integrated into the winemaking for a rather seamless effort. Drink now through 2022. 552 cases made.”

Wine Spectator
–JL

“A bit less outgoing and emphatic in ripeness than this district’s Pinots are wont to be, Testarossa’s version from Garys’ Vineyard exhibits plenty of solidity, very fine fruity depth and the kind of structure that speaks to excellent potential. It is still a touch tight, yet its deep, very well-extracted flavors are keenly focused and show outstanding length, and it teases here and there with hints of real polish to come. Please do not be in a hurry here, because this one will have so much more to say if its many temptations can be resisted for another three to five years. ”

Connoisseur’s Guide
July 2014

“So silky and delicious, you might miss the complexities in a rush to finish the entire bottle now. It’s that rich and sweet in raspberries, pomegranates and cranberry sauce. But airing begins to tease out the mushrooms, subtle tea and spice flavors. If you can keep your hands off, cellar this beauty until 2018.”

Wine Enthusiast

The Garys’ Vineyard

Garys’ Vineyard is arguably the most famous property in the Santa Lucia Highlands; Pinot Noir fruit from here is sought-after by many of the finest wineries in the world for their most limited releases. Garys’ is a partnership between Gary Pisoni and Gary Franscioni, two of the Highlands’ most dynamic growers. Originally planted in 1997, Gary’s has forty-two acres of “Pisoni clone” Pinot Noir. The property’s close proximity to Monterey Bay makes for a very cool climate, with one of California’s longest growing seasons. The resulting slow, gentle ripening allows for full flavor development on the vine. Five acres of Pinot Noir at Garys’ are allocated annually to Testarossa where they have been making Garys’ Vineyard Pinot Noir since 1999.

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Tasting Notes

“Dark red color. Brilliant aromas of ripe cherry pie, roasted strawberry, custard, orange zest, and ripe pomegranate. Hints of cloves, sage, licorice, and papaya linger in the background. These same profiles segue into the palate with a similar balance and precision. Focused acidity and fine tannins lend this Pinot Noir to a high degree of sophistication. This wine finishes supple, soft, and full of pleasure. Enjoy now through 2025”

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Gary Pisoni and Gary Franscioni
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands AVA
Barrel Aging: 15 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 42% new
Production: 31barrels
Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Acidity: 6.81 g/L – 3.22 pH
Alcohol: 14.2%
Harvest: September 8, 2016
Club Release: March 7, 2018

Consume Now through 2025

Tasting Notes

“Deep red color. Engaging aromas of red cherry, cola, sage, and raspberry. Upon aeration, notes of cranberry, pomegranate, and vanilla bean fill out the aroma profile. Once in the palate, the flavors stay true to the aroma profile and are framed by bright acidity and supple texture. This wine ends nicely with a lively and lingering finish. Enjoy now through 2025.”

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Gary Pisoni and Gary Franscioni
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands AVA
Barrel Aging: 10.5 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 69% new
Production: 17 barrels
Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Acidity: 6.94 g/L – 3.36 pH
Alcohol: 14.2%
Harvest: September 3, 2015
Club Release: September 19, 2017

Consume Now through 2025

Tasting Notes

“Deep brick hue. Generous aromas of cranberry, pomegranate, anise are followed by bing cherry, raspberry, and cloves. In the distant background there are subtle notes of blackberry, boysenberry, and sage. The flavors stay true to the aroma profile, while there is ample notes of cherry and cranberry. This lively and bright Pinot Noir on the palate shows great focus with its silky tannins and balanced acidity. This wine ends with a youthful and lingering impression. Enjoy now through 2025.”

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Gary Pisoni and Gary Franscioni
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands AVA
Barrel Aging: 12 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 56% new
Production: 32 barrels
Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Acidity: 5.85 g/L – 3.52 pH
Alcohol: 15.5%
Harvest: September 9, 2014
Club Release: September 13, 2016

Consume Now through 2025

 

Tasting Notes

“Medium red hue. Scents of bing cherry, cranberry, sage, lemon blossom, orange zest, and cloves. These characteristics amplify on the palate, lending itself to a very pure experience. Loads of intensity in the mouth with lively tannins and subtle acidity. Multi-layered palate and very hedonistic with its long, supple finish. While flashy now, this Pinot Noir will continue to improve with age. Enjoy now through 2023.”

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Gary Pisoni and Gary Franscioni
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands AVA
Barrel Aging:
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 46% new
Production: 24 barrels
Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Acidity:
Alcohol: 14.5%
Harvest: September, 2013
Club Release: September, 2015

Consume Now through 2023

 

Tasting Notes

“Medium dark red color.  Engaging nose of fruit and flowers in this refreshing Pinot Noir.  Lemon, pomegranate, currant, bing cherry are paired with hints of jasmine, orange blossoms, and violet.  After some aeration, this wine continues to gain complexity with notes of cloves and custard.  While it is difficult to stop smelling the hedonistic traits, when tasting, there is a distillation of citrus, pomegranate, and cherry characters.  This elegant offering from Garys’ Vineyard offers bright, focused qualities showing the mature age of the vines, while unraveling in the finish to be multi-dimensional and loaded with subtleties.  Drink now through 2020.”

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Gary Pisoni and Gary Franscioni
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands AVA
Barrel Aging: 11 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 47% new
Production: 
Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Acidity: 6.10 g/L 3.47 pH
Alcohol: 14.2%
Harvest: September, 2012
Club Release: September 13, 2014

Consume Now through 2020

 

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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