Owner, Rob Rossi, is an entrepreneur, architect grape grower and founder of Rossi Enterprises in Avila Beach. He is a Vietnam veteran of the U.S. Navy who graduated from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo with a degree in architecture. Rob is a member of the Cal Poly President's Cabinet whose multifaceted interests emphasize historic renovations and reuse projects.
Co-owner is Bill Swanson, Chairman and CEO of Raytheon Company, a Fortune 100 leader in aerospace technology and innovation. Bill graduated magna cum laude from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo with a degree in engineering. Bill is on various public and private boards including the Cal Poly Foundation.
The winemaking team is headed by Mike Sinor and Nathan Carlson, both veteran Edna Valley winemakers with longtime personal connections to the estate. Mike's first wine industry job was at Fossil Point. Over the past 15 years, he has dedicated himself to the mastery of Burgundian varietals, earning some of the region's highest ratings along the way. His continual quest for knowledge has taken him to France several times, where he gained immeasurable insights from some of Burgundy's top producers.
Nathan's winemaking experience in the Edna Valley spans more than 12 years. He has also made Pinot Noir in Santa Barbara County, Carneros, the Sonoma Coast and Oregon's Dundee Hills. His work with wine industry technical leaders has forged close ties with winemakers around the world.
Mike and Nathan became friends after frequently crossing paths in the Edna Valley. They now come full circle, back to the Fossil Point estate. Their expertise is instrumental in achieving the rigorous standards of quality and artistry that the owners demand in their wines.
The winery is in Edna Valley, the oldest and one of the most respected areas in the Central Coast. Planted in 1978, Fossil Point uses mostly their own vineyards to source their grapes which makes it one of the oldest vineyards in the area.
This is a classic and cool climate Pinot Noir featuring lovely essences of tart cherry, mint and earth. The finish is long and engaging and would fit right in with rack of lamb delicately laced with serrano mint pesto.