This gently sloping vineyard located in the heart of the Santa Lucia Highlands was planted by the renowned grower Gary Franscioni. A fourth generation farmer, Gary and his lovely wife Rosella have planted one of the finest vineyards in the area. Gary's passion for growing only the finest fruit on his home vineyard has resulted in a huge following for bottlings of Rosella's Pinot Noir. Less widely known is his small block of excellent Dijon clone Chardonnay which produces some of the finest grapes in the Highlands.
2011 was another beautiful vintage on the Central Coast: mild, sunny summer weather with warm, dry conditions throughout harvest and low yields. This provided us with superb grapes in 2011.
Our 2011 Rosella's Chardonnay exhibits classic aromas of candied citrus peel along with mineral and spice notes. The palate is intense and well-focused with flavors of baked apple, cinnamon, clove and nutmeg, accented with notes of mineral and toasty oak. Our 2011 Rosella's Chard has excellent structure to age for several years in a good cellar.
"An off-the-hook Chardonnay that got a big "Wow" in my notes, the 2011 Chardonnay Rosella's Vineyard leads off with gorgeous aromas of white peach, apple, toast, brioche and classic minerality on the nose. Lively, beautifully fresh and seamless, with building, understated richness, this totally gorgeous wine should not be missed! Drink now-2016."
The Wine Advocate
"Fermentation and aging in French oak barrels with battonage have given this extraordinarily ripe Chardonnay a creamy, leesy mouthfeel. It's the perfect accompaniment to lush tropical fruit, citrus, apricot and baking spice flavors."
Nice cork. Pretty straw-gold color, medium body, legs form slowly and are fine (suggesting a high extract-to-polyols ratio). The wine has almost no nose; if I cover the top of the glass and agitate I can find a bit of apple, some spice but even as it warms and aerates there's not much scent short of extraordinary techniques. The flavors and balance are wonderful; sappy, mouth filling, good tartness with fruit to carry it a bit of a nice finish, really nice and I think it could age a while. If it had a scent this could be a 4 or possibly 5 star wine but it just plain isn't - inexcusable in a $40 wine. "Professional" reviewers please note your delectation of the specific notes in scent is of no use if the amplitude is vanishingly small. The Wine Advocate, for example must have been drinking some other wine to go off about "gorgeous aromas". Bad guidance - don't waste my time and money!