2005 Bien Nacido Vineyard Chardonnay

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

TASTING NOTES:

Pale straw color. Intense aromas of mango, banana, fig, custard, and nutmeg. Flavors of banana and custard flow through the palate into a crisp, yet smooth mouthfeel. The finish starts softly, but builds in intensity, with a lingering taste of crème brulee. Drink now through 2011 - Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking