2005 Brosseau Vineyard Chardonnay

Heavy limestone and decomposed granite soils give the grapes from the Brosseau Vineyard a distinctive old world style, yet still produces rich, forward new world fruit flavors. Jon and Jan Brosseau planted their naturally low yielding vineyard in the shadow of Monterey County’s Pinnacles National Monument in 1980. These quarter century old vines, farmed by Testarossa winemaker, Bill Brosseau, produce grapes of uncommon intensity and concentration.

 The baked apple fruit flavor is wrapped with layers of hazelnut, honey, and vanilla. The deep floral aromas of this wine beautifully complement a whisper of citrus. Limestone rich soils give this wine depth and exceptional ageability.

TASTING NOTES:

Light straw color. Initial aromas of apricot, pear, spice, and honey jump readily out of the glass. Upon further swirling, hints of vanilla bean and crème brulee complement the other aromas. The aromas of apricot and crème brulee carry on through to the taste and supplemented by hints of lemon zest. The structure is austere, yet very rich. This wine finishes with an elegant and flinty finish. Drink now through 2011. - Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking