92 Points & Editors' Choice - Wine Enthusiast
94 Insider Points
"This appellation blend provides a great representation of the region, with lavish and rich aromas of vanilla bean, clove, dried blueberry paste and zesty chaparral herbs. A fine line of wet gravel and cement minerality centers the palate, with lilac, lavender, clay and turned-earth components alongside richer black-cherry fruit."- Wine Enthusiast
"We landed a pretty sweet deal on this current release Pinot from Testarossa, a producer that consistently makes high quality wine and hangs their hat on that fact. The 2014 Sta Rita Hills Pinot is absolutely delicious, juicy and flavorful with all the nuance of a top tier producer. Expect ripe red fruit, rose petal and leather on the nose, leading to a palate of red cherry and plum, with a vibrant acidity and smooth tannin on the finish. A great bottle of wine at a great price, don’t miss this new release. Enjoy now through 2021. "- DZ Feb 2017
Santa Rita Hills, Santa Barbara
11 Months100% French Oak 12% New Oak
The award for best supporting role in the movie, Sideways, NOT played by an actor goes to….Pinot Noir. Gloriously portrayed as the star varietal, Pinot Noir is exalted by the main character, Miles, when asked, “Why are you so into Pinot?” Miles, the film’s affable wine snob advances the notoriety of Santa Barbara County’s Santa Rita Hills Appellation as he waxes romantic about Pinot’s delicate nature in this area. Only nurturing and patient growers “who really take the time to understand Pinot's potential can then coax it into its fullest expression. Then, I mean, oh its flavors, they're just the most haunting and brilliant and thrilling and subtle and... ancient on the planet.” If you love Pinot, your mouth is most-likely watering just hearing this passionate description.
The Santa Rita Hills Appellation in Santa Barbara County is part of the larger Santa Ynez Valley AVA. Just about 10 miles away from the Pacific Ocean where daily fog and maritime breezes that cool down the vineyards. This provides the prolonged hang time and ideal growing conditions for world-class Pinot Noir. The 2014 Testarossa Pinot Noir epitomizes the brilliance of the appellation by blending the best fruit from the winery’s vineyards.
The 2014 Testarossa Pinot was named ‘editor’s choice’ alongside the stellar 92 point rating from Wine Enthusiast. Deep red in the glass, complex and lavish aromas express vanilla bean, raspberry, cloves, dried blueberry paste, anise and lively chaparral herbs. Fine grain tannins and modest acidity ride on a streak of wet gravel minerality which centers the palate as the flavors true to the aroma profile adjoin rich black-cherry, boysenberry and lavender. Wonderfully balanced through the mineral driven finish. This wine is highly enjoyable now, but can also be cellared through 2022.
Deep red hue. This engaging Pinot Noir opens up with vast arrays of fruit and spice. Notes of red cherry, ripe raspberry, boysenberry, pomegranate, and orange blossoms are paired distinctly with anise, sage, and cloves. As the wine envelopes the palate, avors of cranberry, pomegranate, orange, red cherry, and cloves focus more deeply. The texture of the wine is vibrant with very focused tannins, lending this wine to some wonderful years ahead. This wine nishes nicely with hedonistic layers and multi-dimensional nuances. Enjoy now through 2022
Testarossa Vineyards, located in the historic 19th century Novitiate winery of Los Gatos, was founded in 1993 by husband and wife team of Rob and Diana Jensen. The name Testarossa (Italian for "red-head") was a nickname given to Rob Jensen when he was a university student in Italy. It was there, also, that the Jensens further developed their passion for good food and wine. Along with their winemaker, Ed Kurtzman, the Jensens are dedicated to making small lots of vineyard desgnated wines from only the best vineyards in the cool, ocean-influenced counties of Monterey, Santa Barbara and Sonoma.
This Pinot Noir will pair beautfiully with roasted duck, salmon on the grill, pasta with morel mushrooms and herbed pork loin come to mind. We paired this wine with rustic duck legs and button mushrooms.