2005 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.


Deep straw color. Aromas of fig, citrus, and honey start out and quickly transition into scents of crème brulee, banana, and peach. Flavors of peach and crème brulee continue through the palate into a silky, yet crisp mouthfeel. This wine is wrapped gently by French oak, and the mid-palate richness continues through into a long, complex finish. Enjoy for the next 6 years.