100% Pinot Noir that sees 18 months in 57% new French oak.
Garys’ Vineyard is arguably the most famous property in the Santa Lucia Highlands; Pinot Noir fruit from here is sought-after by many of the finest wineries in the world for their most limited releases. Garys’ is a partnership between Gary Pisoni and Gary Franscioni, two of the Highlands’ most dynamic growers. Originally planted in 1997, Gary’s has forty-two acres of “Pisoni clone” Pinot Noir. The property’s close proximity to Monterey Bay makes for a very cool climate, with one of California’s longest growing seasons. The resulting slow, gentle ripening allows for full flavor development on the vine. Five acres of Pinot Noir at Garys’ are allocated annually to Testarossa where they have been making Garys’ Vineyard Pinot Noir since 1999.
95 points, Antonio Galloni's Vinous. "Vivid red. A highly seductive bouquet evokes ripe red/blue fruits, incense, oak spices, potpourri and botanical herbs. Stains the palate with finely detailed Chambord, boysenberry, cherry-cola, lavender, vanilla and spicecake flavors that smoothly blend power and elegance. The floral and spice notes repeat strongly on an extremely long, finely etched finish that’s framed by polished, even tannins. 57% new French Oak."