2011 Santa Cruz Mountains Meritage

The Santa Cruz Mountains AVA follows the fog line along the coast from as high as 2600 ft. extending down to 800 ft. in elevation on the San Francisco Bay side of the Santa Cruz Mountains.  Nestled between the San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean, the mountainous terrain creates several microclimates within the appellation.  Both vineyards that contribute to this Meritage, Black Ridge and Camel Hill, are located above the Lexington Reservoir just south of Los Gatos on hillsides with southern exposures. They are protected from the harsh coastal winds, cool down from occasional fog and bask in long sunny days. These cool climate vineyards have a longer growing season and produce complex Bordeaux varietals for this expertly blended wine.  The long growing season allows for maximum flavor development in the grapes at lower sugar and higher acidity than other wine growing regions in California.

These vineyards also share a little history with Testarossa Winery in that the land was originally part of the Novitiate Vineyards in the late 19th century.  Testarossa currently resides in the original Novitiate Winery built in 1888.  Thanks to longterm relationships with both vineyards Testarossa has been making this Santa Cruz Mountain Meritage since 2008.  We believe our 2011 is the best one we have ever made.

"Dark red color.  Scents of blackberry, blueberry, truffles, pomegranate, and cocoa make for a hedonistic start to this Meritage.  Upon aeration, notes of cream and custard unravel nicely into a very pure, yet refined palate.  Flavors of pomegranate, raspberry, boysenberry, and cranberry are accentuated by fresh acidity and fine tannins.  While restrained now on the finish, this wine should continue to become more expansive and lively in the texture over the near future.  Enjoy now through 2022."

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking