Testarossa's location at the historic Novitiate in downtown Los Gatos is both a state of the art working winery and a truly dramatic setting for visitors. The old stone cellars and beautiful grounds of the state’s fourth oldest continuously operating winery house the tasting room and Wine Bar 107 and provide an amazing venue for private events.
The old Novitiate Winery was originally built in 1888 by Jesuit Fathers and Brothers from Santa Clara College (now Santa Clara University); it was intended to help fund their new seminary college, built on the grounds the same year. The term Novitiate means house of the novices, the name used for seminary students. For nearly 100 years, the Jesuits made altar wines, as well as sweet, fortified wines at the Novitiate Winery. The Novitiate Winery was best known for its fortified Black Muscat dessert wine (similar to a tawny port), which was a perennial gold medal winner at the California State Fair.
"Intensely dark red color. The aroma profile showcases very ripe boysenberry, blackberry, blueberry, and currant notes. Upon aeration, floral notes of hydrangea add a unique complexity to this flashy late harvest syrah. The flavors transition nicely into the palate which exhibits syrup-like concentration. This heavy-hitter dessert wine aims to please with its hedonistic side while the bright acidity keep it from become too soft. Cool fermented and no oak use, preserves the fresh fruitiness profile while exhibiting the intended syrup-like palate. Enjoy now through 2027."
- Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking
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