Across from the Pinnacles National Park, in the Gabilan Mountains, the Chalone appellation sits at 1,600 ft above sea level. Vineyards in this appellation are high above the Salinas Valley fog, so they are more exposed to the elements and drastic shifts in temperature throughout the day. The soil is composed of heavy limestone and decomposed granite, allowing for adequate drainage for the root system of the vines. This unique terroir makes for a truly exquisite and incomparable wine.
Grapes have been grown in this appellation since 1919 and Chalone AVA bears some of the oldest vines in Monterey County. This Chardonnay was from vines that date back to 1980 on the Brosseau Vineyard.
Chalone wines tend to inherit a beautiful minerality and stone characters. Wines from the Chalone appellation tend to be on their own timeline in terms of aging. Testarossa Director of Winemaking, Bill Brosseau, says the ability for wine to age is an important characteristic of wines from this region and recommends to let the wine age in the bottle if you have the patience.
Pale straw hue. Notes of apricot, peach, pear, and stones in this engaging Chardonnay. Smooth flavors consistent with the aroma profile give way to the rich and creamy texture. Hints of minerality dabble in and out of the palate and give a nice dimension to an already hedonistic experience. Enjoy now through 2025.
~Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking