This is our first Chardonnay release from this latest vineyard collaboration between Gary Pisoni and Gary Franscioni. Named for the family of the original Spanish land grant, the site is in the heart of the Santa Lucia Highlands appellation. It is situated on a small bluff right next door to famed Garys’ Vineyard. First planted in 2007, Soberanes has thirty-eight acres of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah. It sits on classic alluvial sandy loam soil. Mark Pisoni and Gary Franscioni are the vineyard managers.
This debut release is an exciting one for Testarossa; it is a continuation of our long relationship with the two Garys. Given our track record, Director of Winemaking, Bill Brosseau is allowed substantial input on the viticultural practices in the blocks destined for Testarossa.
The 2012 growing season in the Santa Lucia Highlands was free of significant weather events. Rain did not impact the budding period and the predictable weather allowed the fruit to hang and ripen for as long as needed, delivering an abundant yield.
"Medium straw hue. Aromas of lemonzest, orange blossom, fig, green apple, and nutmeg make for an engaging Chardonnay. The flavors stay true through the palate with great polish and purity. This wine from the heart of the Santa Lucia Highlands shines with freshness and youth. While not a heavy-handed Chardonnay, this wine shows the more elegant side of the region. Drink now through 2021."
~Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking