Testarossa Pinot Noirs From the 2015 Vintage

This is the second part of our review of Testarossa’s Chardonnay and Pinot Noir  releases from the 2015 vintage.  The first part focused on the estate’s excellent Chardonnays; this one focuses exclusively on Pinot Noir and one Meritage.   The Pinot Noirs are mainly sourced from the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA;  others are from the Sta. Rita Hills, Arroyo Grande,  and the Russian River.  Bill Brosseau makes the wines and works closely with Testarossa’s growers.  As with Chardonnay,  Testarossa makes single vineyard Pinot Noirs, single appellation wines blended across vineyards, and California reserve wines that are blended across the state’s best vineyards.

The 2015 Pinot Noirs are first-rate and ready to drink.  We highly recommend them to our readers who appreciate high quality and refined Central Coast California Pinot Noir bottlings.

Single Appellation Wines

Testarossa 2015 Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands ($48) 91  The Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands offers a dark cherry nose and is spicy, ripe and mouth filling.   Although  rather tannic on the mid-palate,  it reveals good intensity of flavor and a firm finish. Testarossa 2015 Pinot Noir Sta Rita Hills Vineyard Sta Rita Hills ($48) 91  Delicious cherry and plum are the hallmark of this single appellation wine. It is nicely balanced with good density, high acidity and a crisp finish.  Testarossa 2013 Meritage Red Wine Santa Cruz Mountains ($54) 89 The Meritage is a blend of 57% Cabernet Franc, 29% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Merlot sourced from the Black Ridge and Camel Hill vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains. It displays a dark ruby hue and aromas of red and blackberry fruit with hints of spice. A youthful wine, it is nicely concentrated and well-balanced with a velvet palate, soft tannins and a solid finish.

Single Vineyard Wines

Testarossa 2015 Pinot Noir Doctor’s Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands ($67) 91  The Pinot Noir Doctor’s Vineyard is a dark juicy wine offering aromas and flavors of spicy ripe mulberry and plum. Rich and concentrated on the palate, it is a bold flavored and earthy with well integrated oak, soft firm tannins and a persistent finish.   Testarossa 2015 Pinot Noir Dos Rubios Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands ($65) 91   The Pinot Noir Dos Rubios offers spicy touches of tobacco and underbrush on the nose.   It reveals a soft and silky mouth feel, excellent balance with good acidity and overall freshness with pleasant ripe cherry flavors, soft round tannins and long finish. Well done.   Testarossa 2015 Pinot Noir Fogstone Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands ($65) 91   The Testarossa 2015 Pinot Noir Fogstone Vineyard displays a dark cherry nose and is ripe and slightly herbal.  It reveals medium acidity and good concentration of flavor and soft round tannins on the finish.  Testarossa 2015 Pinot Noir Graham Family Vineyard Russian River Valley ($65) 93  The 2015 Pinot Noir Graham Family Vineyard is a delicious wine. It is medium ruby in color and offers aromas of fresh plum and pomegranate. It is beautifully balanced on the palate and offers concentrated flavors with silky tannins, a long finish and considerable refinement and elegance over all.   Testarossa 2015 Pinot Noir La Encantada Vineyard Sta Rita Hills ($65) 93  A delicious, elegant wine, the Pinot Noir La Encantada is mouth filling rich and fruity. It is beautifully balanced and spicy with good intensity of dark cherry fruit flavor, nice purity and a long finish.   Testarossa 2015 Pinot Noir La Rinconada Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills ($65) 93  This is a lovely fresh wine, very fruit forward with dark cherry fruit flavors and toasted oak and smoke on the nose .  It is soft on the palate and mouth filling with good intensity of ripe fruit flavors, and concentrated with a long finish.  Testarossa 2015 Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands ($75) 92  The Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard displays rose petals and pomegranate on the nose, even a touch of blueberry.   It offers an attack with delicious, pure red and blue fruit and touches of underbrush, finishing rich and long. Very fruit driven like drinking freshly made jam.   Testarossa 2015 Pinot Noir Rincon Vineyard Arroyo Grande Valley ($65) 90   This bottling offers dark  cherry fruit and is, spicy, ripe and mouth filling. Moderately tannic on the mid-palate,  it has good intensity of flavor, and a pleasant finish.   Tstarossa 2015 Pinot Noir Rosella’s Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands ($65) 93   A gorgeous wine. Beautifully focused with dark cherry fruit. Very fruit forward with ripe and pure flavors. Nicely balanced with good acidity, soft round tannins and a long finish. Elegant and silky wine. One of the best of the Santa Lucia Highlands.  Testarossa 2015 Pinot Noir Rosemary’s Vineyard Arroyo Grande Valley ($65) 90  The Pinot Noir Rosemary’s Vineyard displays pure red cherry with a vanilla bean note on the nose, It reveals good balance on the palate, a soft texture, and medium length on the finish. Testarossa Pinot Noir Sanford and Benedict Sta Rita Hills ($65) 93   This Pinot Noir from one of the Sta Rita Hills historic vineyards offers lovely flavors of pomegranate and dark cherry with a hint of earth notes.  It has a soft, juicy attack and is packed with juicy fruit and an effusive dense palate.  It is soft and mouth filling with an elegant silky and rich texture and a long finish.   Testarossa 2015 Pinot Noir Soberanas Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands ($48) 92   The Pinot Noir Soberana Vineyard   has an effusive bouquet of wild herbs and is ripe and mouth filling with good purity of dark cherry and pomegranate fruit flavors.  It is nicely balanced and juicy with good soft round tannins and a long finish.  Testarossa 2015 Pinot Noir Tondre Grapefield Santa Lucia Highlands ($65) 91  The Tondre Grapefield Pinot Noir displays dark red cherry aromas with a nice herbal edge.  It has a good firm structure and intense flavors of dark cherry, plum, with touches of vanilla oak and earth.  Very long finish.

California Reserve

Testarossa 2015 Niclaire California ($67) 93   The 2015 Niclaire is a lovely proprietary Pinot Noir, sourced from vineyards through out California. Medium ruby in color, it offers aromas of ripe dark cherry and plum. It is well structured with good density of flavor, excellent acidity and overall freshness. The Niclaire has been consistently delicious over the years.

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