2019 Rosella's Pinot Noir
Planted by Gary and Rosella Franscioni in 1996, Rosella’s Vineyard is one of the most renowned estates in the appellation. The vineyard benefits from eastern exposure, strong marine influence, and sandy loam soil that allows good drainage, encouraging deep vine roots. This famed terroir produces wine with expressive aromatics and smooth suppleness in the palate.
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, 40% new, for malo-lactic fermentation and ten months of aging.
Deep and concentrated with a medium garnet color, this limited production pinot noir showcases characters of strawberry, pomegranate, and cinnamon. Bright red fruits and snappy acidity suggest this wine will age very well. The ‘19 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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"It’s hard to pick a favorite from the delicious single-vineyard selections of Pinot Noirs from Morgan, but the Rosella’s Vineyard is absolutely breathtaking wine. It delivers in spades bountiful aromas and flavors of fresh wild strawberry, red candied cherry, Earl gray tea and toasty cloves spilling from it’s medium-ruby core. The palate brings mouth-watering acidity, glossy tannins, medium body and a finish that starts off fruit-forward but ends on a savory note with a touch of saline. Only 96 cases produced. Highly recommended." - Jeremy Young, August 2021
"Moderately light garnet color in the glass. My, my, what a great nose. Soaring aromas of red cherry and strawberry fruits, Xmas spice and red rose petal. Light to mid-weight in style with a gorgeous expression of red cherry fruit backed by a compliment of oak. Beautiful harmony and a bright, lasting, and thirst-quenching finish."
- Rusty Gaffney, October 2021