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 2019 Rosella’s Pinot displays beautiful aromas of ripe red fruits and cola notes. The delicious palate is very smooth with ripe red cherry and cranberry flavors accented by subtle baking spices ending on a long, silky finish.
Picking dates: September 19th, 24th and October 2nd, 2019.
Appellation: Rosella’s Vineyard, Santa Lucia Highlands. 100% Pinot Noir.
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.
September 15th, 2020.
845 – 6/packs (750 mls.)