2007 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.

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.

TASTING NOTES: Pale yellow color. Intense aromas of banana, fi g, lemon, and honey jump readily out of the glass. With some aeration, vanilla bean and papaya become apparent. Upon taste, this Chardonnayblend is crisp and lively, with flavors of citrus, tropical fruit, and creme brulee. This wine finishes with medium weight and a lingering, delicate finish. Enjoy now through 2013 -

Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking