Sanford & Benedict Vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills appellation is now back at Testarossa! Our first vintage from this outstanding vineyard was in 2004 when it was still under the guidance of famed Richard Sanford, pioneer of the Sta. Rita Hills appellation. In 2007 the Terlato family took ownership of the vineyard, making it one of several of their grape-growing properties including La Rinconada, our October single vineyard release.
Testarossa currently receives 6 of 16 acres of Pinot Noir produced from Sanford & Benedict Vineyard which yields about 2,400 - 3,300 bottles per acre. This beautiful vineyard sits at just about 400 feet in elevation with a northern exposure, just southeast of Lompoc. The soil consists of well-drained gravelly loam mixed with clay and fragmented chert.
The area is situated near an unusual valley perpendicular to the coast that allows funneled winds between the mountains and the sea that is ideal for growing cool-climate varietals such as Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
"Medium red hue. Engaging aromas of marmalade jam, cherry, pomegranate, anise, cloves, which then are followed by nutmeg, vanilla bean, blackberry, jasmine and cranberry. Upon taste, these flavors stay consistent while intensifying the fruit profile and developing creaminess. The texture of this wine is bright and sophisticated while also showing polished tannins and many dimensions. This multi-clonal blend lends itself to an intricate, long and pleasing finish. Enjoy now through 2027. "
~Director of Winemaking, Bill Brosseau
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