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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“Testarossa’s Sierra Mar Pinot from 2018 is a concentrated, terrifically well-focused, very solidly built wine that, from first sniff to finish, fixes on wonderfully deep fruit, and, even though in its infancy, it already awes with its richness and range. It is fleshy and full and structured to age with a palpably tannic turn in the latter going, but it is not gruffly astringent, and, its slight last-minute pucker noted, its finishing fruity strength is striking. It politely, but in no uncertain terms, asks for further time in the bottle, and pulling its cork before it reaches its fifth, or better yet sixth or seventh, anniversary, would be to miss out on what is certain to be a most memorable look at just why the Santa Lucia Highlands is regarded as one of the state’s premier Pinot-producing districts. “

Connoisseurs’ Guide
June 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)

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