2012 Rosella's Vineyard Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir •Rosellas' Vineyard
California: Sonoma County: Sonoma Coast
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Looking for something more than your average Pinot? Then look no further than today’s exceptional Furthermore Wines 2012 Rosella’s Vineyard Pinot Noir.
This wine is crafted with fruit from the prestigious Rosella’s Vineyard, farmed by Santa Lucia Highlands legend Gary Franscioni, whose family has been farming the Salinas Valley for over one hundred years.
Enjoy aromas of cherry soaked cedar, red currant, pomegranate, black cherry, tangerine, dried summer forest floor, grilled strawberry and subtle flint mineral.
On the palate, this wine bursts with flavors of Strawberry, spiced cherry, red currant, raspberry preserve, orange peel, dried mushroom, dried earth, exotic spice and a hint of white pepper.
Today’s Pinot won a Double Gold Medal and a record-high 96 points at the prestigious San Francisco International Wine Competition.
Quantity is fairly limited and this very highly recommended wine is predicted to sell out.
Here’s what the wine press has to say:
92 points - Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast - “Rosella’s Vineyard, which has been the source of so many fine Pinot Noirs from so many wineries, is in some respects the quintessential Santa Lucia Highlands vineyard. It’s located just northwest of the appellation’s center—not too warm, not too cold, just right.
Furthermore is one of those wineries, like Siduri and Testarossa, that sources fruit from multiple Pinot Noir vineyards. This is clearly their best Rosella’s to date. The alcohol is a respectable 14.8%; you can taste the ripeness in the vast array of raspberries and cherries, with a slight heat of liqueur and a long, deliciously spicy finish. The mouthfeel is silky and elegant, just what Pinot Noir should be.
It’s a delightful wine. Despite the immediately appealing flavors, it has a thoughtful quality, the kind of wine that’s a little brooding at first, and then slowly unfolds as it breathes. I would drink it now and over the next four years with anything made from lamb: roasted leg, chops, rosemary-braised shanks. The crisp acidity and ultra-fine tannins will cut right through the fat. Just 151 cases were produced.”
91 points - Pinotfile - “Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Reserved aromas of cherry, rose hips tea and baking spices. This wine is packed with stunning spiced cherry cola flavor that attacks with a vengeance and persists through a long, refined finish. The tannins are balanced, the texture is rich and lush, and a mild tug of oak plays in the background.”
A garnet heart with pure ruby edges, this wine glints when swirled in the light. As the wine settles, long, skinny legs meander slowly down the glass wall.
Cherry soaked cedar, red currant, pomegranate, black cherry, tangerine, dried summer forest floor, grilled strawberry and subtle flint mineral.
Strawberry, spiced cherry, red currant, raspberry preserve, orange peel, dried mushroom, dried earth, exotic spice and a hint of white pepper.
Extra, extra long, with red fruit flavors fading to reveal earthen elements. Crushed velvet tannins slowly dry the lips and cheeks.
This big, juicy, spiced Pinot would be superb with Tandoori chicken, beef fajitas or just about any pork dish.
What the Winery Says
- Bob Zeches and Chad Richards
- Double Gold Medal and 96 points at the 2015 San Francisco International Wine Competition
- Pinot Noir
- Monterey County, Santa Lucia Highlands
- Harvest date
- 28 brix
- 15 months
- 50% new French oak
- 81 cases