2016 Rosella’s Vineyard Pinot Noir
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, one of the finest Pinot and Chardonnay vineyards in California. Gary Franscioni planted his home ranch, named for his lovely wife, in the heart of the Highlands. His 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.
Our 2016 Bernardus Rosella’s Vineyard Pinot Noir exhibits a deeply-colored crimson robe. The nose expresses gorgeous ripe, red fruit aromas with notes of rose pedal. Delicious flavors of red cherry and cranberry are accented by notes of toasty oak and spice. Our 2016 Rosella’s Pinot Noir shows the elegant and refined aromas and flavors which typify the terrior of this superb vineyard.
Picking date: September 8th and September 15th, 2016.
Appellation: Rosella’s Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands.
Fermentation: 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.
Cooperage: 100% French; about 40% new. Sirugue and Billon.
Bottling: August, 2017
924 – 6/packs (750 mls.)