Pinot Noir-2017 Rosella's Vineyard
2017 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.
The aromas beautifully express the intense red fruits so typical of the finest Pinot vineyards of the Santa Lucia Highlands. Flavors are very intense with succulent ripe red cherries and cranberries, along with subtle notes of French oak. Our 2017 iteration is a superb expression of this unique vineyard.
Picking date: September 5th, 11th and 18th, 2017.
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.
September 7th, 2018.
807 – 6/packs (750 mls.)