$48.00 / btl
  • Vintage
  • Varietal
    Pinot Noir
  • Barrel Aging
    15 months, bottled January 20th, 2011
  • Cooperage
    40% new Francois Freres and Gauthier French oak barrels
  • Production
    367 cases
  • Composition
    100% Pinot Noir

2009 Pinot Noir - Rosella's Vineyard

The Santa Lucia Highlands is proving to have the right combination of climate and soil to produce world class Pinot Noir. As a partner in the Garys' vineyard, Gary Franscioni is certainly a grower at the forefront of building this reputation. His home vineyard, named for his wife Rosella, is also in the cooler north end of the appellation. Gary is the perfect kind of grower with whom to tackle the challenges of Pinot Noir; he is meticulous and ruthless in his quest to grow great Pinot.

The east-southeast facing benchland property consists of gravelly-clay soils, and a 150 foot elevation difference from back to front. Rosella's Vineyard is planted to several clones. Our 2007 'Rosella's Vineyard' Pinot Noir is mostly produced from the 'Pisoni' clone, as well as some clone 777.

The 2009 'Rosella's Vineyard' Pinot Noir presents lovely aromas of strawberries and baked plums, accompanied by complex notes of fresh flowers, cola and vanillin. Pinot Noir's classic grace shows in the flavors as well, with licorice woven into wit the cherry and red plum characters. The texture is supple and rewarding at the front and the edges, tapering to a long finish with a small amount of fine-grained tannins.

Harvested September 20th – September 30th, 2009 24.8 brix (average) at harvest

  • 5.67 tons of clone 777 and the 'Pisoni' clone was hand-picked and sorted, destemmed, and fermented in four small lots. The wine remained on its lees, unracked, until blending in late August. It was minimally handled throughout its elevage, received neither fining nor filtration, and was subsequently bottled in January 2009.