2018 Rosella's Pinot Noir
Rosella’s Vineyard is among the most famed estates in the Santa Lucia Highlands. Planted by Gary Franscioni and his wife Rosella, their conscientious winegrowing and “Premier Cru” location yield top-flight 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 the Monterey Bay, combined with well-drained alluvial soils make-up Rosella’s famed terroir.
The grapes were completely destemmed after hand sorting, and fermented with native yeast in open top tanks. Manual punch downs provided supple texture and soft tannins. The wine was transferred to a combination of medium and medium-plus toast Burgundy barrels, 37% new, for malo-lactic fermentation and 10 months of aging.
Deep and concentrated with a medium garnet color, this limited production Pinot Noir showcases characters of black cherry, raspberry pastille, and cinnamon. Bright fruit and snappy acidity suggest this wine will age very well. The ‘18 Rosella’s Pinot Noir will prove a perfect match for rib roast, lamb chops, or just about anything off the grill.
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"Limpid ruby-red. Intensely perfumed black raspberry, cherry cola and potpourri scents, along with a zesty mineral nuance and a sexy, exotic spice topnote. Densely packed and appealingly sweet, with a bright undercurrent of acidity supporting sappy red berry and cherry preserve, spicecake, mocha and rose pastille flavors. Deftly blends power and finesse, and finishes very long and sweet, with polished tannins building harmoniously with wine's vibrant fruit. All de-stemmed fruit and 37% new French oak." - Josh Raynolds, October 2020
"I love this vineyard, which I'd rank in the top tier sites for Pinot Noir in California. The 2018 Pinot Noir Rosella's Vineyard reveals a light ruby hue as well as classy notes of tart cherries, strawberries, sappy flower, mint, and a touch of spice. Beautiful on the palate as well, it's medium-bodied, has a bright, elegant texture, and a clean finish. All about elegance and freshness as opposed to power and richness, it's going to evolve for a decade." - Jeb Dunnuck, January 2021
"...Aromas of dusty earth and rose add appeal and the fetching harmony makes for easy drinking. The cherry-driven finish has a ghost of oak." - Rusty Gaffney, October 2020