The Bien Nacido Vineyard, planted in 1973, sits in one of the most ideal locations in Santa Barbara County’s cool ocean facing Santa Maria Valley which gives the grapes exceptionally long hang time. Underlying the eastern edge of the vineyard is an old crumbly shaleyloam stratum of soil called Elder Series, which adds extra mineral flavors to the wines.
The Bien Nacido Vineyard Chardonnay is known for its core of rich tropical fruit characteristics complimented by exotic oriental spice flavors. Testarossa's selection of specific Elder Series soil rich blocks within Bien Nacido give our Chardonnays an extra layer of minerality resulting in amazing depth and complexity.
This Bien Nacido Chardonnay exemplifies Santa Maria Valley at its finest. Wonderful hints of tropical and honey notes marry seamlessly with a touch of oak spice. Clean and pure, this wine is shining right now. With its bright acidity, it will continue to satisfy for many years to come. - Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking