Bernardus Rosella's Vineyard Pinot Noir 2005

Pinot Noir from Central Coast, California

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Item No. 94605
  • red wine
  • boutique wine
  • collectible wine
  • WS90
Style: Smooth & Supple

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

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Winemaker's Notes

The Santa Lucia Highlands, located on the western bench of the Salinas Valley, has become known as on the premier Pinot Noir appellations of the world. One of the reasons for this lofty reputation is Rosella's Vineyard. Gary Franscioni planted his home ranch, named for his lovely wife, in the heart of the Highlands with an excellent selection Pinot Noir clones. His obsession with meticulous farming together fortunate to have access to three small blocks planted with clone 777, Pommard clone and Pisoni clone Pinot Noir. Each block is evaluated individually for picking according to ripeness levels and flavors. The grapes are hand picked, then separated into small, individual fermentation lots at the winery. We use both native and specially selected yeasts for our fermentations. Once finished and pressed, the wines are kept in separate barrel lots for aging. The final wine was assembled and bottled in February 2007.

Our 2005 Rosella's Pinot Noir has a deep ruby-red color. Notes of clove, cinnamon and toasty oak accent aromas of cherries and plums. The palate is intense and focused, exuding refined flavors of ripe, dark red fruits and spices supported by firm, yet, velvety tannins through the lingering finish. This wine will reward patient aging for three to five years.

Cooperage: 100% French oak, 50% of which is new.

Critical Acclaim

"Creamy in texture, with smoky, mocha-laced oak wrapped around a supple core of raspberry, blueberry and blackberry flavors, finishing with lots depth, richness and concentration. Drink now through 2011. 323 cases made."
90 Points

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The focus of Bernardus is to create wines that flatter the palate and stimulate the imagination. Our Marinus Estate Bordeaux-style red wine is the centerpiece of owner Ben Pon's dream. It is complemented by Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc from cool coastal climate vineyards. We also offer limited bottlings of small production and vineyard designate wines, which are...

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Learn About Central Coast

The largest of California's wine growing regions, the Central Coast produces the majority of California's wine. The district sprawls out, covering most of the vineyard land between San Francisco and Santa Barbara. Smaller sub-AVAs of the Central Coast include Monterey Bay, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains and many others. Notable Facts...

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Learn About Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir(PEE-noh nwahr) Pinot Noir is a finicky grape. It only grows in the right climate, with the right soils and the right care. Perhaps because it is so difficult is why it is so loved. Pinot Noir hails from Burgundy, a region known for crafting the most collectible and sought-after wines from this varietal. Not only does Pinot reign in Burgundy, it is also...

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