2014 Rosella's Vineyard Pinot Noir
For years we have valued the consistent quality of Rosella’s Vineyard Pinot Noir. Located three miles south of our own Double L estate, Rosella’s is one of the top Pinot Noir vineyards in California. Planted in ‘96 to several Dijon clones as well as the famed “Pisoni” clone, Rosella’s benefits from the eastern exposure of its Santa Lucia Highlands benchland location. Fog and cooling breezes from Monterey Bay combined with well-drained alluvial soils make-up Rosella’s famed terroir.
The 2014 growing season saw a continuation of the drought in California. The lower than normal rainfall totals and dry winter led to early budbreak. The vineyards proximity to Monterey Bay mitigated the few heat events, allowing for a fairly normal, gentle, long ripening period. Fruit quality from the 2014 vintage was uniformly excellent.
The grapes were completely destemmed after hand sorting. Native yeasts began the whole berry fermentation in open top tanks. Manual punch downs provided for supple texture and soft tannins. The wine was transferred to a combination of medium and medium-plus toast Burgundy barrels, 60% new, for malo-lactic fermentation and 10 months of aging.
Deep and concentrated, this limited production Pinot Noir showcases aromas of vanilla pepsi, blackberry, leather, and dry herbs with flavors of cranberry, black cherry, and black olive. Well integrated, layered tannins suggest this wine will age very well. The ‘14 Rosella’s Pinot Noir will prove a perfect match for rib roast, lamb chops or just about anything off the grill.
A History of Acclaim
2014 vintage: 93 Points- PinotFile
"....Aromas of black raspberry, blackberry, game and brioche lead to a mid weight plus styled wine with a gorgeous core of boysenberry, black raspberry and plum fruit well-accented with Asian 5-spice. Noticeable attack, expansive presence on the palate, and a very sustaining finish. The tannins are well matched, and a subtle bit of oak vanillin adds interest."