2019 Sierra Mar Vineyard Pinot Noir

Santa Lucia Highlands AVA

Tasting Notes

“Dark red color. This Pinot Noir aroma profile has it all with notes of boysenberry, blackberry, jasmine, sage, ripe cranberry, cherry, and anise. These qualities segue to the palate nicely and are framed by bold, yet precise tannins and vibrant acidity. This wine finishes with liveliness, intricacy, and full of pleasure. Enjoy now through 2031.”

~Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking
June 2021

“Moderate garnet color in the glass. an immensely satisfying wine with aromas of cherry, rose petal, spice and clover. A delicious cherry core attacks and soaks the mid palate and lingers what seems like an eternity on the finish. The deep Bing cherry goodness is accented with flavors of strawberry, red raspberry and cardamom spice. Seamless in texture with impeccable harmony. Even more striking when tasted the following day from a previously opened bottle. The best Sierra Mar Pinot Noir among many that I have tasted through the years. Flat out great.”

Rusty Gaffney
The PinotFile
June 2021

Production Data

Growers: Franscioni Family
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands AVA
Elevation/Exposure: 1000 feet; Southeast
Soil: Decomposed granite/gravelly loam
Vineyard Age: 12 years
Viticulture Practice: 
Sustainable (SIP Certified)
Vinification: Destemmed, fermented in Stainless steel
Cooperage & Ageing: 18 months in 100% French Oak, 65% new
Production: 8 barrels
Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Acidity: 3.42 pH, 7.38 TA (g/L)
Alcohol: 14.2%
Harvest: September 28, 2019
Club Release: June 2021
Release Price: $74

Drink Now through 2031

Past Vintage Wine Scores

“Deep, glistening garnet. Smoke- and spice-tinged black raspberry, mulberry and rose pastille scents pick up suggestions of mocha and cola with air. Appealingly sweet and seamless on the palate, offering fleshy red and blue fruit, cherry-vanilla and floral pastille flavors that show building spiciness and fine definition. Smoothly blends depth and liveliness and finishes with strong, spicy cut, a repeating vanilla nuance and silky, slow-building tannins that meld with the clinging fruit. 66% new French oak. “

Josh Raynolds
Antonio Galloni Vinous
October 2020

Sierra Mar Vineyard

The Sierra Mar Vineyard is owned by the Franscioni Family and is located at one of the highest elevations in the Santa Lucia Highlands at just over 1,000 ft.  The land is a dramatic 44-acre site that has been in the Franscioni Family for four generations and was originally part of a 420-acre cattle ranch. The steep and remote vineyard is divided by terrain and alluvial plains into distinct blocks with individual terroir.  Gary Franscioni says Sierra Mar’s naturally thin soils, gusting winds, lack of water and high-altitude inaccessibility make for extremely exceptional wines. Testarossa is proud to be able to make wines from all five of the Franscioni/Pisoni properties.

Past Vintages

Wine Production Data

Tasting Notes

“Dark red hue. Brilliant scents of boysenberry, ripe cherry, jasmine, ripe cranberry, blueberry, sage, and anise. Upon taste, flavors of boysenberry, cherry jam, and sage unite with juicy tannins and modest acidity. This hillside Pinot Noir finishes with voluptuous tannins, sumptuous flavors, and lengthy enjoyment. Drink now through 2029.”

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Franscioni Family
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands AVA
Barrel Aging:  18 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 66% new
Production: 9 barrels
Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Acidity: 6.75 g/L – 3.34 pH
Alcohol: 14.4%
Harvest: September 25, 2018

Drink Now through 2029

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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