The Brosseau estate in the Chalone appellation is arguaably the most unique vineyard source in the Testarossa line-up. Standing 1,600 feet above sea level in Monterey County’s Gabilan Mountains, you can actually see the Brosseau Vineyard’s terroir. The rocky crags and peaks of nearby Pinnacles National Monument loom over the almost moonscape-like panorama. This is the heart of the historic Chalone appellation, where you can literally taste the district’s ancient decomposed granite and limestone soils in every drop of wine. Owned by Testarossa Director of Winemaking, Bill Brosseau’s family, the property was originally planted in 1980; it has fifteen acres of Chardonnay, four acres of which are annually designated for Testarossa. The 2012 vintage marks the eleventh for Testarossa from this special property. Brosseau manages the entire process from the dirt to the bottle and the results are stunning.
"Medium yellow hue. Appealing aromas of pear, apricot, peach, and mango exhibit themselves. Upon taste, this Chardonnay concentrates flavors of apricot, pear, and initiates butterscotch. There is some tension in this youthful wine, exhibiting the tense growing conditions in the rocky soils. As the tension releases, there are some nice mouth-coating attributes. The finish is quite refined and mineral-laden, lending itself to a very hedonistic and genuine experience. Drink now through 2024."
~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking