2010 Rincon Vineyard Chardonnay

Rincon Vineyard is locatd just south of San Luis Obispo in the Arroyo Grande Valley appellation. It is named for the historic Rincon Adobe that marks the entry to the estate. The property is owned and farmed by the Talleys, one of the best known winegrowing families on the Central Coast.

Only eight miles from the Pacific, Rincon boasts a true Region I, very cool climate. The soils at Rincon are shallow, composed of loam and calcareous clay. The shallow soils, coupled with the steepness of the hills, helps drainage and results in intense, focused fruit. The vineyard was originally planted in 1985. Five acres are Chardonnay (clone 4) of which three and a half acres are alloted to Testarossa.

The 2010 growing season was one of the coolest on record, with very even, moderate temperatures throughout the summer and early fall. The fruit for this first Testarossa Rincon release was picked on October 13. Upon arrival at the winery, the fruit was carefully hand sorted. A gentle gravity flow process is used throughout the winery. The juice went through primary fermentation in French oak cooperage with native yeasts. Less than twenty percent of the barrels were new, allowing more fruit expression. Partial secondary malo-lactic conversion occured naturally. The wine was allowed ten months of sur-lie barrel aging prior to bottling. Only 229 cases were produced.

TASTING NOTES:

“This is our debut vintage of Chardonnay from this well-regarded vineyard. Aromas of apple, pear, and kiwi are accented wtih notes of vanilla, spice, and cloves. On the palate, the pear combines with grapefruit and passionfruit flavors. Bright acidity heightens the fruit and complements the rich, creme brulee - like finish. Try this luscious Chardonnay with shellfish or cream-sauced pastas. Drink now thru 2016.”

- Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking