Project Description

2017 Soberanes Vineyard Pinot Noir

Santa Lucia Highlands AVA

Tasting Notes

“Medium garnet hue. Notes of cranberry, roasted cherries, jasmine, vanilla, and raspberries start the show with great promise. Then secondary scents of papaya, nutmeg, orange, and rhubarb give some counter-balance to the red fruits. Once on the palate, there are loads of red fruits, cherry, raspberry, cranberry and orange. These flow seamlessly towards zesty acidity, supple tannins, and abundant richness. While this wine is tough to let go, once it finishes, it is smooth, hedonistic, and rewarding. Enjoy now through 2028.”

~Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Buy Now

“Smooth, juicy and tangy with bright red cherry and lively acidity.”

Anthony Dias Blue
The SOMM Journal
July 2019

Production Data

Growers: Pisoni & Franscioni Families
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands AVA
Barrel Aging:  18 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 56% new
Production:  18 barrels
Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Acidity: 8.12 g/L – 3.13 pH
Alcohol: 14.1%
Harvest: September 5, 2017
Club Release: August 2019

Consume Now through 2028

Past Vintage Wine Scores

“Vivid ruby. Intensely perfumed aromas of raspberry liqueur, spicecake and incense, backed by a hint of smoky minerals. Densely packed and alluringly sweet, displaying silky texture and a vibrant mineral core to the sappy red berry preserve, cherry cola and rose pastille flavors. Gains power with air while maintaining vibrancy. Gentle tannins build slowly on an impressively persistent, floral-driven finish.”

Josh Raynolds
Antonio Galloni
Vinous

“From the vineyard planted by the Pisoni and Franscioni families, this wine delivers bright raspberry and strawberry aromas with sweet star anise spice. The medium-bodied palate is lively and boisterous, with ripe cranberry, tangy red plum skin and sour cherry flavors, accented with a helping of dried herbs.”

Wine Enthusiast

“Stark minerality, from hot gravel to chipped slate, meets with garrigue elements of lavender and thyme on the nose of this strong bottling that gains a savory quality thanks to roasted-pork aromas. The requisite fruit arrives on the sip, where smashed cranberry meets with pepper spice and dried herbs. The structure is grippy and affords great length in the finish.”

Wine Enthusiast

“This wine’s distinct and intriguing nose pairs cola and cinnamon with cranberry, chopped chaparral scrub and wildfire smoke. That scrubby character of green sage and mugwort extends to the palate, spicing up the beet juice, ripe raspberries and a pencil-lead backbone.This wine’s distinct and intriguing nose pairs cola and cinnamon with cranberry, chopped chaparral scrub and wildfire smoke. That scrubby character of green sage and mugwort extends to the palate, spicing up the beet juice, ripe raspberries and a pencil-lead backbone.”

Wine Enthusiast

“Medium-deep ruby color; rich, deep, dark cherry aromas with herbs and anise notes; deep, rich cherry flavors with toasty oak and herbal notes; lush texture; good structure and balance; long finish. Lush, rich Pinot with flavors that go on forever.”

Pinot Report

“Here’s one of Testarossa’s more forward Pinots from the 2011 vintage, but that appeal is deceptive. It’s rich and ripe in raspberry, strawberry and cola flavors, with an apparent sweetness that belies the dry finish. The acidity is adequate, giving it a tart softness. Yet the parts have not come together. Give it until 2017 and see what happens.”

Wine Enthusiast

The Soberanes Vineyard

The Soberanes Vineyard is the fifth and newest vineyard in the Pisoni and Franscioni family partnership. It is located in the heart of the Santa Lucia Highlands and builds upon a tradition of high quality hand-winegrowing. Gary Pisoni says the Soberanes Vineyard is their best property to date and they are expecting great vintages from it in the future because they have been able to apply all of their experience in this new location.  There are 27 acres of the Pisoni clone Pinot Noir planted and 8 acres of Chardonnay. The property is adjacent to Garys’ Vineyard with an east/northeast orientation at 400 feet in elevation. The soil is rocky, sandy loam. The vineyard was originally planted in 2008.

Past Vintages

Wine Production Data

Tasting Notes

“Brick red hue. Aromas of roasted strawberry, cranberry, boysenberry, rhubarb, pomegranate and cherry pie. Upon aeration, more characters release in the form of cloves, oak spice, blood orange, and fig chutney. These elements continue to concentrate on the palate, leading into lush, juicy tannins and refreshing acidity. This Pinot Noir finishes smooth, polished, and hedonistic. Enjoy now through 2024.”

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Pisoni & Franscioni Families
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands AVA
Barrel Aging:  18 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 47% new
Production:  16 barrels
Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Acidity: 5.85 g/L – 3.4 pH
Alcohol: 14.4%
Harvest: August 31, 2016
Club Release: July 11, 2018

Consume Now through 2024

 

Tasting Notes

“Brick red hue.  This Pinot Noir showcases a lovely array of spice, fruit, and floral notes.  Upon first scent, there are notes of cloves, cinnamon, ripe red cherry, ripe cranberry, and ripe pomegranate.  With some aeration, elements of strawberry, raspberry, violets, and jasmine unite around the hedonistic aroma profile.  While the aromas stay true when they land on the palate, there is broadening towards red fruit, spice, and floral tones, with no particular flavor leading the pack.  The wine is silky smooth and lush on the palate yet offers some bright acidity which maintains its freshness.  This youthful Pinot Noir is both creamy and bright, offering the dual enjoyment of now and later.  Enjoy now through 2022.”

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Gary Pisoni and Gary Franscioni
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands AVA
Barrel Aging:   11 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak,  70% new
Production:   10 barrels
Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Acidity:   6.24 g/L –   3.26pH
Alcohol: 14.4 %
Harvest: September 3, 2015
Club Release:

Consume Now through 2022

 

Tasting Notes

“Brick red hue. Aromas of orange blossoms, pomegranate, cherry, and marmalade unite with dessert characters of crème brulee and vanilla bean. Upon taste, the fruity characters intensify, showcasing the unique terroir of this wine. Lush, juicy tannins fill up the palate with intensity and are matched by an equally lush, and savory finish. Enjoy now through 2024.

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Gary Pisoni and Gary Franscioni
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands AVA
Barrel Aging:   10 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak,  60% new
Production:   15 barrels
Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Acidity:   5.23 g/L –   3.61pH
Alcohol: 14.4 %
Harvest: October 2, 2014
Club Release:

Consume Now through 2024

 

Tasting Notes

“Brilliant garnet color. Intense nose of raspberry, cranberry, pomegranate, chokecherry, cloves, orange blossoms and vanilla bean blend on the nose. Next, youthful flavors of cranberry, raspberry, and chokecherry unite in the vibrant palate. Brisk acidity and supple tannins help maintain a refreshing balance in this Pinot Noir. Once these elements fade, the finish crescendos into a hedonistic experience. Enjoy now through 2023.”

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Gary Pisoni and Gary Franscioni
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands AVA
Barrel Aging:   10 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak,  58% new
Production:   14 barrels
Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Acidity:   3.61pH
Alcohol: 14.1 %
Harvest: October 1, 2013
Club Release:

Consume Now through 2023

 

Tasting Notes

“Deep red color. Scents of chokecherry, sage, pomegranate, and orange blossoms unite in this youthful Pinot Noir. Upon taste, the chokecherry, sage, and orange blossoms team up with silky tannins and vibrant acidity. This well polished offering shows many layers, yet is very balanced. Long, lingering, and delicate finish lend this wine to early to moderate age worthiness. Enjoy now through 2020.”

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Gary Pisoni and Gary Franscioni
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands AVA
Barrel Aging:   11 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak,  54% new
Production:   11 barrels
Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Acidity:   5.66 g/L
Alcohol: 14.1 %
Harvest:
Club Release:

Consume Now through 2020

 

Tasting Notes

“Medium red color. Our first offering of Pinot Noir from this exciting new vineyard, next door to Garys’. While a little shy and reserved at first, the aromas open up nicely into dark cherry, boysenberry, black pepper, and vanilla bean. On the palate, there is a nice range of textures complimenting the cherry and boysenberry characters. This wine finishes with a supple, hedonistic touch. Enjoy through 2018. It will go great with a wide variety of dishes – think roast chicken, salmon, or lamb preparations.”

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Gary Pisoni and Gary Franscioni
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands AVA
Barrel Aging:   10 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak,  55% new
Production:   12 barrels
Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Acidity:
Alcohol:
Harvest:
Club Release:

Consume Now through 2018

 

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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