2003 Castello Chardonnay

The name Testarossa (Italian for “red-head”) was Rob’s nickname while a University student in Assisi, Italy almost 20 years ago. We named our flagship Chardonnay “Castello” (Italian for “Castle”) after the medieval castle of Assisi that sits just above this hill town.

Castello Chardonnay is a blend of several vineyards which combines more forward “California style” fruit from Santa Barbara, with more “old world style” Chardonnay from Monterey to create a blend that combines rich forward, tropical fruit flavors with an underlying backbone of minerals and firm acidity. It is a wine that is praised not only for its exceptional quality but also its great value.


Enveloped by bright citrus, honey, and tropical notes, this wonderful blend of several of our vineyards shows intensity with a laser-like focus. The pure fruit tones are complemented with crisp acidity and a light touch of oak spice on the finish. This is our most intense Castello blend to date - Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking