The Santa Lucia Highlands are known as one of the premier Pinot Noir appellations of the world. One reason for this lofty reputation is Rosella’s Vineyard. Gary Franscioni planted his home ranch, named for his lovely wife, in the heart of the Highlands with an excellent selection of Pinot Noir clones. We at Bernardus are fortunate to have access to three small blocks planted with lone 777, Pommard clone and the celebrated Pisoni clone.
Each block is monitored for ripeness individually in order to hand pick each clone at its perfect ripeness level. The grapes are hand sorted at the winery and fermented in small individual fermenters using specially selected yeasts. Once fermentation and pressing is complete, each lot is aged separately in the finest French oak barrels. Each barrel is evaluated before the final selection is made through a series of tasting trials.
2008 is proving to be an excellent vintage on the Central Coast. Our 2008 Rosella’s Pinot is a great example of this. Always exquisite, the 2008 has rare focus and intensity.
In the glass the wine shows a classic deep ruby color. The aromas exude scents of ripe plum and red cherry accented with spices and notes of toasty oak. In the mouth the flavors are full and beautifully focused with a rich, silky texture and a long concentrated finish. This superb Pinot will age gracefully for several years to come.
Harvest: October 2nd.
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands
Cooperage: Sirugue, Cadus, François Frères and Billon. 100% Burgundian; 40% new.
Produced: 353 cases 750 mls.