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.
Vibrant yellow color. This Bien Nacido Chardonnay showcases abundant aromas of kiwi, mango, banana, and citrus. In the background there is some nutmeg and ginger. Upon taste, the palate offers crispness, while delivering concentrated flavors of creme brulee, vanilla bean, and butterscotch. While this wine is smooth right now, expect it to drink well for another 6 to 8 years. - Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking