For Testarossa’s Cuvée Los Gatos releases, Rob and Diana Jensen and Director of Winemaking 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 2011 growing season in Monterey County was cooler than average. Due to this the harvest time was pushed back a few weeks and yields were a bit lower. Although there was rainfall during the season, the timing was such that crops did not suffer. There is plenty of richness from this smaller crop that will make for excellent wine.
"Medium yellow color. Lemon zest, grapefruit, apple, and fig round out the brilliant aromas in this wine. While there is zesty acidity, this wine maintains great balance of citrus flavor, barrel spice, and weight in the palate. The wine finishes with a nicely focused, polished finish. Drink now through 2018."
~Bill Brosseau, Winemaker