2010 Novitiate Chardonnay

For Testarossa’s Novitate releases, Rob and Diana Jensen and winemaker Bill Brosseau select and combine vineyard lots from highly - regarded growing districts. For this bottling, the grapes were sourced from Monterey County. In particular, a majority of the fruit came from vineyards in the northern end of the Santa Lucia Highlands appellation - one of the state’s best known regions for world-class Chardonnay. The Highlands close proximity to Monterey Bay makes for a very cool climate, with one of California’s longest growing seasons. The resulting slow, gentle ripening allows for full flavor development on the vine. 

The 2010 growing season in Monterey County was one of the coolest on record. Colder than normal summer temperatures pushed harvest pick dates back into late October and even early November. Monterey was fortunate in that the area did not receive damaging fall rains, allowing the fruit to hang as long as needed. The intensity of flavor in the eventual small crop promised well for the 2010 vintage. 

Upon arrival at the winery, the juice was allowed to go through primary fermentation with native yeasts in French oak. Secondary malo-lactic conversion occured naturally. Ten months of barrel aging led to the final blend being assembled by the Testarossa team.

Tasting Notes

“This 2010 release is a classic example of Monterey Chardonnay - ripe tropical fruit allied to bright, food-pairing acidity with just a light touch of vanillin-oak. This wonderful white will go with just about anything, from roast chicken to seared scallops, salmon or cream-sauced pastas.” 

- Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking