Project Description

2016 La Encantada Vineyard Pinot Noir

Santa Rita Hills AVA

Tasting Notes

“Brick red hue. While a little shy at first, this Pinot Noir opens up nicely with scents of cranberry, roasted strawberry, papaya, and orange-zest. In the distant background there are hints of crème brulee and maple. Upon taste, these characters persist and are matched with brisk acidity and juicy tannins. This youthful wine shows complex layers and a dense finish. Decanting is recommended for immediate enjoyment. Enjoy now through 2025.”

~Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

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“Elegant, rich and full of concentrated dark cherry, currant and raspberry flavors that are finely woven and supported by vibrant acidity. The lilting finish shows rose petal and pastry notes. Drink now through 2024. 424 cases made.”

Wine Spectator
Kim Marcus
Aug 2018

Production Data

Growers: Grunau Family
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands AVA
Barrel Aging: 16 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 57% new
Production: 16 barrels
Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Acidity: 6.72 g/L – 3.31 pH
Alcohol: 14.2%
Harvest: September 8, 2016
Club Release:

Consume Now through 2025

Past Vintage Wine Scores

“A delicious, elegant wine, the Pinot Noir La Encantada is mouth filling rich and fruity. It is beautifully balanced and spicy with good intensity of dark cherry fruit flavor, nice purity and a long finish.”

International Wine Review
October 2017

“This deep and incisively varietal offering does an admirable job at being both rich and exceptionally well-balanced, and, while Pinots from the Santa Rita Hills are rarely lacking in structure, it goes an extra step in expressing a full complement of fully ripe cherries and shows a little more fruity voluptuousness at its heart than is the norm. It also shows a very clear sense of layering with toast, sweet spice and a spot of dried herbs popping up here and there along its lengthy way, and its combination of measured strength and fine composition makes it a sure bet for a half-decade or more of cellaring. ”

Connoisseur’s Guide
June 2016

“Medium ruby color; focused, complex, cherry and plum aromas with saddle leather notes; ripe, finely layered flavors of cherry, plum and raspberry with earthy, leathery notes; good structure and balance; long finish. Complex, earthy Pinot with great structure. Worth waiting for.”

Pinot Report

“The magnificent Pinot Noir La Encantada offers pure ripe black cherry fruit on the nose. On the palate is has dense and lush fruit and is beautifully balanced with good acidity and earthy minerals.”

Internatinal Wine Review

“If the first duty of a wine is to offer pleasure, then this wildly succeeds. It shows the power of great Santa Rita Pinot, with superb balancing elegance. As sweet as the raspberries and licorice seem, the wine finishes dry and crisp in acidity, and even with some bracing tannins. Beautiful now, it will continue to evolve for 10 years.”

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La Encantada Vineyard

The La Encantada Vineyard is one of coolest growing sites in the Sta. Rita Hills. It is planted on a ridge that straddles the Santa Ynez River Valley and experiences the full impact of the cool afternoon ocean breezes. Planted in 2000, it consists of 96 acres of Pinot Noir. It benefits from strong winds, morning fog and sunny days.  These conditions provide a long, cool growing season averaging 30 to 45 days longer than many of California’s wine growing areas. This allows for a longer ‘hang time’ and more intense and complex flavors.

Past Vintages

Wine Production Data

Tasting Notes

“Brick red color. Generous aromas of cherry, cola, cloves, nutmeg, lemon, and vanilla bean show at first pass. With time, secondary notes of cranberry, pomegranate, and dried herbs complete the aroma profile. Once in the palate, fruit profiles concentrate around cherry, pomegranate, cranberry, and lemon. These qualities are framed nicely by a plush, yet bright texture, leading into a fresh, nuanced, and persistent finish. Enjoy now through 2025.”

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Grunau Family
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands AVA
Barrel Aging: 11 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 83% new
Production: 6 barrels
Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Acidity: 5.74 g/L – 3.46 pH
Alcohol: 14.2%
Harvest: August 25, 2015
Club Release: January 7, 2017

Consume Now through 2025

Tasting Notes

“Deep red color. Nice aromas of anise, sage, chokecherry, pomegranate, boysensberry, and in the background, ripe cranberry, papaya and vanilla bean. The flavors stay true to the aromas and are matched with a nice, savory oak spice that gives greater depth into this fine Pinot Noir. While there is some tension in the fine grain tannins, this unctuous Pinot Noir should continue to please for many years to come. Enjoy now through 2025.”

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Grunau Family
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands AVA
Barrel Aging: 11 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 50% new
Production: 35 barrels
Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Acidity: 3.44 pH 6.26 g/L
Alcohol: 14.5%
Harvest: September, 2014

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Tasting Notes

“Deep red color.  Alluring nose of dense ripe cherry, pomegranate, cloves, cocoa, papaya, and orange zest. Once on the palate, the flavors remain true to the aroma profile. There is great polish with lush tannins and precision of flavors. There is a hedonistic finish with nice spice elements, along with a bright, lingering end. Enjoy now through 2023.”

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Grunau Family
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands AVA
Cooperage: 100% French Oak
Production: 7 barrels
Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Acidity: 6.26 g/L – 3.44 pH
Alcohol: 15.3%
Harvest: September, 2014

Consume Now through 2023

 

Tasting Notes

“Dark red color.  There is a tidal wave of cranberry, cherry, and pomegranate that jump readily out of the glass.  With aeration, notes of anise, blueberry, and boysenberry make for a very complex Pinot Noir.  Upon taste, these aromas segue nicely into a palate with layers of flavors, focused tannins, and balanced acidity.  This cool climate site, within the Santa Rita Hills, showcases a more refined Pinot Noir for the region.  Drink now through 2020”

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Grunau Family
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands AVA
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 50% New Oak
Production: 7 barrels
Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Acidity: 6.03 g/L – 3.37 pH
Alcohol: 14.4%
Harvest: September, 2012
Club Release: March 1, 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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