Project Description

2018 Sierra Mar Vineyard Pinot Noir

Santa Lucia Highlands AVA

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

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” 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

Production Data

Growers: Franscioni Framily
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
Club Release: June 16, 2020

Drink Now through 2029

Past Vintage Wine Scores

(This is our first vintage)

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

(This is our first vintage)

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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