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
Scents of custard, kiwi and passionfruit jump out and pull you in for more. In tasting, mineral flavors definitely showcase the "Elder series" soil type which is unique to our site at Bien Nacido. This flavor is also wrapped with hints of custard leading to an austere, lingering finish. Optimum consumption within 4 to 6 years - Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking