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2017 Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

Santa Lucia Highlands AVA

Tasting Notes

“Brick red hue. Aromas of ripe cranberry, red cherry, orange peel followed by notes of boysenberry jam and ripe blackberry. Upon taste, these characters focus towards red fruits and citrus. This wine is lively on the palate with bright acidity and polished tannins. As this wine lingers, it continues a fresh and pleasing journey. Enjoy now through 2024.”

~Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

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2016 Vintage Review

91 points
Anthony Dias Blue

“Lush, juicy and bright with tangy cherry and raspberry fruit; smooth, juicy and balanced, long and stylish.”

Production Data

Growers:Various
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands AVA
Barrel Aging:  10 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 23 % new
Production:  2,000 cases
Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Acidity: 6.32 g/L – 3.48 pH
Alcohol: 14.3%
Harvest: Various

Consume Now through 2024

Wine Scores

“Lush, juicy and bright with tangy cherry and raspberry fruit; smooth, juicy and balanced, long and stylish.”

Anthony Dias Blue
SOMM Journal
June 2018

“Bright, tangy and smooth; juicy and tangy with lively aciditiy and a long, fresh finish; savory, balanced and long.”

Anthony Dias Blue
SOMM Journal
June 2018

“Complex and generous, offering a mix of smoky currant, blueberry and wild berry flavors, with baking spice aromas and fine-grained tannins. There’s much to be admired in this effort. Drink now. 2,400 cases made.”

Wine Spectator
–JL

“Fresh and vibrant, with a rich mix of mineral, red and dark berry, plum and raspberry most evident. Reveals depth and persistence on the finish, showing fine-grained tannins. Drink now through 2021. 1,320 cases made.”

Wine Spectator
–JL

“This new line from the well-regarded Testarossa Winery is a barrel selection emphasizing richness. The wine floods the mouth with succulent raspberries and cherries, with tarter notes of cranberries and red licorice. Earthiness provides extra complexity, and it could age well through 2020.”

Wine Enthusiast

“This Pinot has everything going for it. It’s dry and tart in acidity, with a silky texture, yet rich in raspberries, cola, mint and sandalwood. It’s not one of Testarossa’s more expensive single-vineyard wines, but it’s close to them, with a classic evocation of coastal Pinot Noir.”

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Santa Lucia Highlands

Working closely with the top vineyards in the Santa Lucia Highlands’ appellation, Testarossa has produced yet another distinctive vintage of this highly anticipated Pinot Noir. The Highlands is one of the state’s best known regions for world-class Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The area’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. Testarossa’s production team’s partnership with the best estates in the Santa Lucia Highlands ensure only the highest quality fruit makes it to the winery.

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Wine Production Data

Tasting Notes

“Medium red hue. This Pinot Noir blend from the Santa Lucia Highlands showcases classic aromas of pomegranate, cranberry, orange zest, sage and dried herbs as well as some underlying notes of chokecherry and vanilla bean. Upon taste, the red fruits and dried herbs intensify in the palate. Modest acidity and a full range of tannins make for a wine with great depth and versatility. The finish continues with an abundance of fine grain tannins, red fruits, and youthful characters. Enjoy now through 20245.

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers:Various
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands AVA
Barrel Aging:  9 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 22 % new
Production:  3,584 cases
Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Acidity: 5.6 g/L – 3.54 pH
Alcohol: 14.2%
Harvest: September 2016

Consume Now through 2024

Tasting Notes

“Deep red hue. Engaging scents of ripe cherry, pomegranate, and orange zest jump out of the glass and are followed gently by notes of nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, and anise.  Upon taste, the flavors focus more on red cherry and chokecherry profiles, with spice notes in the background.  There is great concentration of fine grain tannins, which provides dimension yet good polish as well.  This wine ends with a bright, fresh, and vibrant taste, then fades gently to a smooth and lush finish. Enjoy now through 2025.

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Various
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands AVA
Barrel Aging:   11 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak,  56% new
Production: 86  barrels
Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Acidity:   6.42 g/L –  3.54 pH
Alcohol:  14%
Harvest: September 2015

Consume Now through 2025

 

Tasting Notes

“Deep red hue. This engaging Pinot Noir opens up with vast arrays of fruit and spice. Notes of red cherry, ripe raspberry, boysenberry, pomegranate, and orange blossoms are paired distinctly with anise, sage, and cloves. As the wine envelopes the palate, flavors of cranberry, pomegranate, orange, red cherry, and cloves focus more deeply. The texture of the wine is vibrant with very focused tannins, lending this wine to some wonderful years ahead. This wine finishes nicely with hedonistic layers and multi-dimensional nuances. Enjoy now through 2022.”

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Various
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands AVA
Barrel Aging:   10 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak,  12% new
Production: 214  barrels
Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Acidity:   5.6 g/L –  3.53 pH
Alcohol:  14.6%
Harvest: September 2014

Consume Now through 2022

 

Tasting Notes

“Deep red color.  Tightly woven nose, yet releases hints of pomegranate, orange blossoms, red cherry, and vanilla bean.  Flavors of cherry, pomegranate, and citrus persist deep into the palate.  Very expansive mouth-feel with vibrant acidity and lush tannins.  The wine finishes with a firm ending but should soften and lengthen over the coming years.  Drink now through 2019.”

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Various
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands AVA
Barrel Aging:   11 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak,  31% new
Production: 3,633 cases
Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Acidity:    g/L –  3.61 pH
Alcohol:  14.3%
Harvest: September 2013

Consume Now through 2019

 

Tasting Notes

“Deep red hue. Vibrant notes of anise, vanilla bean, orange blossom, dark cherry, cranberry, strawberry preserves swirl nicely in the nose. Flavors of cherry, cranberry, and citrus transition nicely into a refreshing palate, balanced with crisp acidity and silky tannins. Finish is multi-layered, complex, and hedonistic. Drink now through 2018.”

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Various
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands AVA
Barrel Aging:   11 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak,  45% new
Production: 2,488 cases
Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Acidity:    g/L –   pH
Alcohol:  14.3%
Harvest: September 2012

Consume Now through 2018

 

Tasting Notes

“The 2011 SLH release is a classic example of Pinot Noir from the Highlands – ripe black cherry and plum flavors, with a full mid-palate and a light touch of spicy oak on the finish. The trademark bright acidity makes the wine incredibly versatile for food-pairing. Traditional pairings include roast chicken, duck, or salmon. But this wine will stand up to just about anything off the grill, as well.”

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Various
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands AVA
Barrel Aging:   11 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak,  % new
Production: 2,831 cases
Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Acidity:    g/L –   pH
Alcohol:  %
Harvest:

 

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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