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. Gary’s home vineyard is planted with a selection of the best available Pinot Noir clones and farmed with unparalleled passion and attention to detail. We at Bernardus are fortunate to have access to three small blocks: 2 planted with clone 777, and the third with the celebrated Pisoni clone.
Each block is individually monitored for ripeness in order to hand-pick each clone at its perfect ripeness level. The grapes are sorted at the winery and fermented in small individual fermenters using specially selected yeasts. Once fermentation and pressing are complete, each lot is aged separately for 10 months in the finest French oak barrels. Each barrel is evaluated individually and the final selection is made through a lengthy series of tasting trials.
The robe of our 2010 Rosella’s is deeply colored. The aromas exhibit ripe red fruits along with notes of oak and spice. The palate is exceptionally full and complex, exuding flavors redolent with black cherry and black berry accented by notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. This is a beautifully intense wine that will age wonderfully for many years to come.
September 29th, 30th and October 2nd, 2010.
Rosella’s Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands.
Sirugue, Cadus, Damy and Billon.
100% Burgundian; 40% new.
321 cases (750 ml)