Project Description

2016 Pisoni Vineyard Pinot Noir

Santa Lucia Highlands AVA

Tasting Notes

Deep red hue. Brilliant aromas of sage, boysenberry, blackberry, ripe cherry pie, and ripe cranberry. With some aeration, notes of orange zest and cloves complete this distinctive offering. These qualities prevail on the palate with red fruit characters leading the charge. With great purity and focus, the seamless tannins and bright acidity portray great precision in the farming practices. While the wine is youthful now, it’s nuanced and decadent finish lends itself to aging gracefully. Enjoy now through 2026

~Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

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“Brilliant ruby. Intensely perfumed aromas of red and blue fruit liqueur, spicecake, smoky minerals and incense, with hints of cola and vanilla in the background. Densely packed and alluringly sweet, showing excellent depth and a smoky mineral accent to the sappy red and dark berry and cherry-vanilla flavors. Gains breadth and energy on the impressively long finish, where gentle tannins build slowly and fold into the wine’s juicy, expressive fruit.”

Antonio Galloni
Josh Raynolds

Production Data

Growers: Gary Pisoni
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands AVA
Barrel Aging: 18 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 50% new
Production: 5 barrels
Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Acidity: 7.1 g/L – 3.28 pH
Alcohol: 14.5%
Harvest: September 16, 2016
Club Release: August 2018

Consume Now through 2026

Wine Scores

“From a site that excelled in 2015, the 2015 Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard was completely destemmed and spent 12 months in 53% new French oak. It offers terrific notes of black raspberries, crushed rock and spring flowers in a richly textured, concentrated style. While it leads with its fruit, it has plenty of tension and fine tannin on the finish. ”

Jeb Dunnuck
August 2, 2017

Crushed slate, plush rose petals, red cherry, smoked beef, vanilla and a slightly feral quality arise on the nose of this bottling from the region’s most iconic vineyard. There is great tension on the sip, with tart plum skin, bright raspberry and dark cranberry fruit meeting with black spice, sandalwood and incense flavors. Acidity binds it all together.

While I was disappointed with a lot of Pisoni Vineyard releases last year (that site didn’t do well in 2012 for some reason), the 2013s from the vineyard are superb. The 2013 Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard from Testarossa is a great example of this and offers a crystalline, elegant, chiseled feel to go with pretty cassis, raspberry, crushed rock and violets. Medium to full-bodied, seamless and lengthy, it’s a great Pinot Noir that will have a decade or more of overall longevity.

Coming from the southern end of the Santa Lucia Highlands and decomposed Granite soils, the 2012 Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard was completely destemmed and spent 17.5 months in 67% new French oak. Giving up plenty of sweet oak in its black fruits, rosemary, leather and hints of chocolate, this beauty is medium to full-bodied, nicely concentrated and structured. Give it a year and enjoy bottles through 2022.

A step up on the richness scale, the 2011 Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard displays the richness and depth of the terroir nicely. Loaded with crushed berry fruit, wild herb, underbrush and forest floor nuances, this medium to full-bodied, seamless and lively effort has a core of sweet fruit and beautiful length through the finish. It should have 4-6 years of prime drinking, if not more. Drink now-2019.

Aug 28, 2013

The Pisoni Vineyard

The Pisoni Vineyard is one of the most special and sought after vineyards in the country.  It has been called the closest vineyard to a Grand Cru in the new world by Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. It was first planted by Gary Pisoni in 1982 and it is one of the highest vineyards in the Santa Lucia Highlands at 1300 feet.  It is 35 acres consisting of small vineyard blocks along the ridge and mountainous landscape of the Santa Lucia Mountain Range. The soil is clay laced with decomposed granite and bears a southeastern exposure. But it is more than the location that makes Pisoni a special place.  Gary and his son Mark are obsessive about low yields and meticulous about vineyard management. They have year round long-term employees who care for each and every vine by hand. Every decision in the vineyard implements sustainable farming practices and long-term considerations. Testarossa is proud to have been partnering with the Pisoni Family since 1997.

Past Vintages

Wine Production Data

Tasting Notes

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Gary Pisoni
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands AVA
Barrel Aging: 12 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 53% new
Production: 84 barrels
Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Acidity: 7.18 g/L – 3.37 pH
Alcohol: 14.5%
Harvest: August 28, 2015

 

 

Tasting Notes

“Dark red hue.  Primary scents of cherry, cola, pomegranate, raspberry, and vanilla bean.  With some active swirling, intriguing notes of jasmine, blueberry, cocoa, and cranberry round out this complex Pinot Noir.  As if there could not be any more complexity in this wine, it continues to unravel in the palate and portray the exact qualities of the aroma profile, giving way to a breathtaking and expansive texture.  Very plush and comfortable, transitioning to a lively, and multi-dimensional finish.  Enjoy now through 2025.”

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Gary Pisoni and Family
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands AVA
Barrel Aging: 10 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 60% new
Production: 6.5 barrels
Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Acidity: 5.84 g/L – 3.54 pH
Alcohol: 14.9%
Harvest: September 2, 2014

Consume Now through 2025

 

Tasting Notes

“Deep red hue. Scents of red cherry, orange blossoms, cranberry, and strawberries. Upon aeration, notes of rose petal, jasmine and cloves complex with the fruit profile. The flavors are seamless with the aromas, displaying immense purity of terroir. Refined tannins and bright acidity create a multi-dimensional palate. While the wine is vibrant and lively now, it exhibits a long lingering finish, lending itself to aging gracefully for many years to come. Enjoy now through 2027.”

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Gary Pisoni and Family
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands AVA
Barrel Aging: 10 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak
Production: 8 barrels
Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Alcohol: 14.4%

Consume Now through 2027

 

Tasting Notes

“Dark red hue.  Nice scents of red cherry, cranberry, pomegranate, orange blossoms start out this engaging Pinot Noir.  The notes of cranberry and cherry intensify on the palate and are met by subtle characters of pomegranate, vanilla bean, raspberry, and blackberry.  While the mouth-feel is lush and very appealing now, the vibrant acidity and fine grain tannins lend this wine to many days ahead of enjoyment.  The finish is very pure and genuine, showing great focus.  Enjoy now through 2022.”

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Gary Pisoni and Family
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands AVA
Cooperage: 100% French Oak
Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Alcohol: 14.4%

Consume Now through 2022

 

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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