2004 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.


Straw color. Aromas of honey, nutmeg, banana, and passion fruit come readily out of the glass. The mouthfeel is initially lush and rich, transitioning to a crisp, ripe finish. Should age well for 4 to 5 years - Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking