Project Description

2017 Rincon Vineyard Pinot Noir

Arroyo Grande Valley AVA

Tasting Notes

“Medium red hue. Complex scents of violets, papaya, dried cherries, cranberry, and pomegranate. With some time, notes of orange, jasmine, raspberry, and butterscotch fill out the aroma profile. Upon taste, the flavors focus towards cherry, butterscotch, rhubarb, orange, and raspberry. With plush tannins and vibrant acidity, there is great balance enveloped by generous concentration. This wine finishes with a dynamic and lively state, that is quite rewarding and youthful. Enjoy now through 2026.”

~Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

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“Brilliant red. Scents of ripe red berries, cherry cola and vanilla show excellent delineation and pick up vibrant floral and spice nuances as the wine opens up. Sweet and incisive in the mouth, offering juicy cherry, raspberry, rose pastille and smoky mineral flavors that flesh out steadily on the back half. The floral note recurs strongly on the clinging finish, which features harmonious tannins and a late, exotic touch of blood orange.”

Josh Raynolds
Antonio Galloni Vinous
November 2019

Production Data

Growers: Talley Family
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Arroyo Grande Valley AVA
Barrel Aging:  18 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 64% new
Production:  5 barrels
Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Acidity: 6,63 g/L – 3.49 pH
Alcohol: 14.1%
Harvest: September 25, 2017
Club Release: August 2019

Consume Now through 2026

Past Vintage Wine Scores

“Deep ruby color; soft cherry nose; lush and deep, this famed vineyard scores again; smooth texture with fresh cherry fruit and profound depth, juicy and beautifully balanced; long and stylish.”

Anthony Dias Blue
The SOMM Journal
August 2018

“Deep red. Ripe red fruit, vanilla and potpourri on the expressive, mineral-accented nose. Offers juicy, oak-tinged cherry, raspberry and rose pastille flavors that show excellent depth and focus, with a sweet cola nuance emerging with aeration. Closes smooth and quite long, with impressive power, smooth tannins and strong tenacity. “

Antonio Galloni
Vinous Media
Josh Reynolds
November  2017

“The 2014 Pinot Noir Rincon Vineyard comes from the Arroyo Grande Valley and limestone and clay soils. Like all the Pinots here, it was destemmed and aged just under a year in 60% new French oak. Balanced, lengthy, textured and medium-bodied, it has plenty of classic Pinot Noir notes of ripe cherries, black raspberries, spice and dried earth. I like it today, but it should keep nicely for at least 4-5 years.”

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

“From an appellation that thrived in this vintage comes a wine with aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg and licorice shavings atop fresh hibiscus and pomegranate flavors. There’s bountiful energy on the palate, with flavors of dried-cherry and a densely packed array of chopped dill, roasted fennel and dried mint.”

Wine Enthusiast

“One of the more elegant releases in the lineup, the 2012 Pinot Noir Rincon Vineyard has loads of crushed flowers, rose petal and sweet berry fruit in its medium-bodied, silky and lightly textured profile. Completely destemmed and aged 17.5 months in 38% new French oak, enjoy this beauty over the coming 2-4 years.”

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

The  Rincon Vineyard

Owned by the Talley Family, who have farmed Southern San Luis Obispo County for three generations, the Rincon Vineyard dates back to 1982. Planted just 7 miles Northeast of the Pacific Ocean, the vineyard has soils that are reminiscent of Burgundy, in particularly the Côte de Nuits with its steep terrain. Working closely with the Talley Family, Testarossa owners, Rob and Diana Jensen, and Director of Winemaking Bill Brosseau, have created very exceptional Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with classic old world flavors, great concentration and complexity.

Past Vintages

Wine Production Data

Tasting Notes

“Medium red color. Aromas of pomegranate, red cherry, cranberry, papaya, and orange zest are fused nicely with notes of vanilla bean. As this wine is enjoyed on the palate, the flavors remain consistent and abundant. The texture of the wine is bright and with some tension, lending this wine to future enjoyment as it unravels its tannins. The finish is enjoyable with its sense of minerality, intricate texture, and lingering freshness. Enjoy now through 2026.”

~Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Talley Family
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Arroyo Grande Valley AVA
Barrel Aging:  18 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 46 % new
Production:  7 barrels
Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Acidity: 5.88 g/L – 3.58 pH
Alcohol: 14.1%
Harvest: September 2, 2016
Club Release: July 11, 2018

Consume Now through 2026

 

Tasting Notes

“Medium red color. Aromas of pomegranate, red cherry, cranberry, papaya, and orange zest are fused nicely with notes of vanilla bean. As this wine is enjoyed on the palate, the flavors remain consistent and abundant. The texture of the wine is bright and with some tension, lending this wine to future enjoyment as it unravels its tannins. The finish is enjoyable with its sense of minerality, intricate texture, and lingering freshness. Enjoy now through 2026.”

~Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Talley Family
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Arroyo Grande Valley AVA
Barrel Aging:  11 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 67 % new
Production:  6 barrels
Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Acidity: 5.96 g/L – 3.64 pH
Alcohol: 14.1%
Harvest: August 20, 2015
Club Release: December 6, 2017

 

Consume Now through 2026

 

Tasting Notes

“Deep red hue. Notes of raspberry, boysenberry, cherry, and cranberry jump readily out of the glass. Upon aeration, a complex array of pomegranate, papaya, anise, vanilla bean, and lemon unite seamlessly. An enjoyable nose and equally pleasing palate with incredible consistency all throughout. Dense, full tannins are well structured and intense. While the richness of the clay soil comes through in the depth of palate, the acidity is in perfect harmony with the mouthfeel. This Pinot Noir finishes nicely between richness and freshness. Enjoy now through 2026.”

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Talley Family
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Arroyo Grande Valley AVA
Barrel Aging:   11.5 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak,  57% new
Production:   9 barrels
Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Acidity:  6.27gL / 3.62 pH
Alcohol:  14.4%
Harvest: September 16, 2014
Club Release:

Consume Now through 2026

 

Tasting Notes

“Brick red hue. Aromas of ripe cherry jam, cranberry, jasmine, and boysenberry comprise this complex Pinot Noir. The flavor profile tends to focus into ripe cherry, cranberry, boysenberry, and mineral notes. Loads of viscosity from the clay soils is framed by integrated tannins. This wine finishes strong with many layers, minerality, and underlying richness. Enjoy now through 2025.”

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Talley Family
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Arroyo Grande Valley AVA
Barrel Aging:   9.5 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak,  57% new
Production:   9 barrels
Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Acidity: 6.00gL / 3.61 pH
Alcohol:  14.1%
Harvest: September 23, 2013
Club Release:

Consume Now through 2025

 

Tasting Notes

“Dark red hue. Our inaugural offering of Rincon Pinot Noir offers notes of chokecherry, cranberry, vanilla bean, orange blossom, papaya, and dried apricot. With aeration, a very nice floral character leaps out. Upon taste, dried fruits on the palate lead over the fresh fruit profile and silky tannins. Expansive and smooth, yet finishes refined with nice minerality. Enjoy now through 2023.”

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Talley Family
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Arroyo Grande Valley AVA
Barrel Aging:   17.5 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak,  38% new
Production:   8 barrels
Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Acidity: 6.06gL / 3.64 pH
Alcohol:  14.2%
Harvest: September 27, 2012
Club Release:

Consume Now through 2023

 

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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