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.
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.
Pale straw color. Initial aromas of honey, lemon, orange blossom, fig, and banana jump readily out of the glass. Layers of citrus, honey, and crème brulee flavor the palate, surrounded by lively acidity. The finish starts subtle, yet focused then begins it’s ascent to a lengthy, multi-dimensional finish of fruit and spice. Drink now through 2013. - Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking