Bien Nacido is one of the best known vineyards in California, supplying grapes to many great labels. Testarossa has a long relationship with Bien Nacido. Rob and Diana Jensen have been purchasing Chardonnay from the estate since 1995. Testarossa works closely with the Miller family who owns the vineyard and manager, Chris Hammel. Bien Nacido is located in the cool climate Santa Maria Valley appellation, about an hour north of Santa Barbara.
This 2012 vintage marks the eighteenth Testarossa Chardonnay vintage from Bien Nacido. One hundred forty acres were planted to Chardonnay in 1973. The three acres designated for Testarossa annually are Clone 4.
"Medium straw hue. Subtle aromas of mango, kiwi, and peach are met with a hint of nutmeg and cloves. These characteristics flow seamlessly into the palate and are met with brisk acidity. While the perception of acidity is brief in length, richness overtakes the palate quickly and leaves a silky, lingering finish. Drink now through 2020."
~Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking