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 shaley-loam 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 yellow color. Intense aromas of passionfruit, coconut, peach, and banana. Upon taste, this Chardonnay showcases nuances of creme brulee, pear, apple, coconut, and vanilla bean. Ample acidity and smooth, silky texture lead into a crisp, lingering fi nish. Drink now through 2015. - Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking