Project Description

2016 Graham Family Vineyard Pinot Noir

Russian River Valley AVA

Tasting Notes

“Brick red hue. Wonderful scents of cola, cranberry, rhubarb, and cinnamon jump readily out of the glass. These attributes are followed by notes of chokecherry, boysenberry, and nutmeg. Upon taste, chokecherry and cola are the primary aromatic traits. The texture is vibrant as well as demonstrating polished tannins. While youthful and bright now, this Pinot Noir has continued potential. Enjoy now through 2025.”

~Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

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“Good medium ruby color; lush texture, rich with elegant flavors of cherry and raspberry, fresh and perfectly balanced with subtle juiciness and style; elegance is the key characteristic of this lovely wine; long and refined.”.

Anthony Dias Blue
SOMM Journal
August, 2018

Production Data

Growers: Howard and Linda Graham
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Russian River Valley AVA
Barrel Aging: 15 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 54% new
Production: 12 barrels
Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Acidity: 5.2 g/L – 3.54 pH
Alcohol: 14.4%
Harvest: September 16, 2016
Club Release: December 5, 2018

Consume Now through 2025

Past Vintages Wine Scores

“FThe 2015 Pinot Noir Graham Family Vineyard is a delicious wine. It is medium ruby in color and offers aromas of fresh plum and pomegranate. It is beautifully balanced on the palate and offers concentrated flavors with silky tannins, a long finish and considerable refinement and elegance over all.”

International Wine Review
October 22, 2017

“From the Russian River Valley, the 2014 Pinot Noir Graham Family Vineyard was completely destemmed and spent 12 months in 53% new French oak. Spice, dried flowers, sweet raspberry and incense all emerge from this plump, layered, beautifully textured and seamless beauty. Possessing no hard edges and a great finish, it’s a joy to drink already, yet should last for 5-6 years.”

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

“Ripe sweet fruit typical of RRV. Good flavor and acidity, nicely balanced with good concentration and dark plum flavor”

International Wine Review

“Medium-deep ruby color; complex, spicy cherry aromas with forest floor notes; deep, stewed cherry flavors with herbs and earthy notes; some oak and tannin; good structure and balance; long finish. Deep, complex Pinot with lots of layered flavors. Needs time in the glass to open up.”

Pinot Report

“This wine, from one of the coolest parts of the Russian River Valley, has hints of the mushroomy earthiness that plagues some 2011 Pinot Noirs. But for whatever reason (good viticulture and careful sorting are likely), that slight unripeness remains only in the background as a complex counter to the tart cranberries, cherries and cola. The wine is marked by dryness and bright acidity. Surely it wants some time in the bottle. Drink after 2017.”

Wine Enthusiast

The Graham Family Vineyard

Graham Family Vineyard is located in the heart of the Russian River Valley appellation and is the only vineyard Testarossa Winery sources Pinot Noir from north of the Winery. Graham Family is located in the sub-appellation of Green Valley in western Sonoma County where the vines enjoy the rich Gold Ridge sandy loam soil with its unique water-holding capacity. The vineyard is just less than 10 miles from the coast and has that long growing season that Pinot Noir loves. Graham Family Vineyard consists of 9 acres of Pinot Noir. Testarossa has been proudly making Graham Family Pinot Noir since 2004.

Past Vintages

Wine Production Data

Tasting Notes

“Brick red hue. Engaging scents of red cherry, cinnamon, cranberry, and jasmine at first try. Then there is a second wave of aromas of orange zest, red licorice, and boysenberry jelly. As with the aroma profile, the flavors stay true yet with some amplification of the cherry and cinnamon profile. Given the low yields in 2015, there is an increase of concentration and fine grain tannins, giving this wine incredible dimension. As the wine lingers on the palate, it finishes with intricate, yet fleshy flavors and textures. Enjoy now through 2026.”

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Howard and Linda Graham
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Russian River Valley AVA
Barrel Aging: 10.5 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 54% new
Production: 14 barrels
Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Acidity: 7.08 g/L – 3.32 pH
Alcohol: 14.4%
Harvest: September 9, 2015
Club Release: October 31, 2017

Consume Now through 2026

Tasting Notes

“Brick red color.  Lush cherry jam, blackberry, and strawberry preserve jump readily out of the glass.  Subtle hints of cloves, truffles, white chocolate, and vanilla bean accentuate this engaging Pinot Noir from Russian River Valley.  Silky smooth tannins and modest acidity pair beautifully with a touch of French oak.  The lush mouthfeel continues into a soft and lingering end to this beautiful wine.  Enjoy now through 2023.”

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Howard and Linda Graham
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Russian River Valley AVA
Barrel Aging: 12 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 53% new
Production: 17 barrels
Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Acidity: 5.42 g/L – 3.7 pH
Alcohol: 14.4%
Harvest: September 16, 2014
Club Release: October 18, 2016

Consume Now through 2023

 

Tasting Notes

“Deep red color. Our only single vineyard offering from the Russian River Valley showcases complex aromas of chokecherry, cinnamon, strawberry, peppermint, orange papaya, and violets. The wine transitions nicely on the palate and exhibits consistent flavors with the aroma profile. Medium bodied, subtle acidity, and fine-grained tannins make for immediate enjoyment. Silky and luscious finish reaffirms this region’s ability to please. Enjoy now through 2021.”

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Howard and Linda Graham
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Russian River Valley AVA
Barrel Aging: 10 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 54% new
Production: 17 barrels
Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Acidity: 5.42 gL – 3.7 pH
Alcohol: 13.9%
Harvest: September, 2013
Club Release: March 3, 2015

Consume Now through 2021

 

Tasting Notes

“Medium dark color.  Cinnamon, papaya, bing cherry, and orange blossom make for a very unique bouquet in this wine.  After some swirling, flavors of bing cherry, orange, and cranberry lead this Pinot Noir into a plush mouth-feel.  Vibrant acidity is tamed by richness from the limitation of grape yield on the vine.  The tannins are quite silky where they flow back and forth on the palate as the finish of this wine goes on and on.  Drink now through 2021.”

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Howard and Linda Graham
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Russian River Valley AVA
Barrel Aging: 10 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 38% new
Production: 7 barrels
Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Acidity: 5.64 gL – 3.53 pH
Alcohol: 14.3%
Harvest: September, 2012
Club Release: February 25, 2014

Consume Now through 2021

 

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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