2015 Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay

The Santa Rita Hills Appellation in Santa Barbara County is part of the larger Santa Ynez Valley AVA. It is basically located between the towns of Lompoc and Buellton with the Purisima Hills on the North, the Santa Rosa Hills on the South and the Santa Ynez River running right through the middle. The region is just about 10 miles away from the Pacific Ocean and Point Conception accounting for the daily fog and maritime breezes that cool down the vineyards. This provides the prolonged hang time and ideal growing conditions for world-class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The rocky soil and east/west hill configuration also make the unique area perfect for cool climate varietals. 

Testarossa Winery partners with the La Encantada, La Rinconada and Sanford & Benedict Vineyards in the Santa Rita Hills Appellation.


"Medium Straw hue.  Tempting scents of butterscotch, passionfruit, cloves, peach, and apricot grab your attention first.  Then followed by subtle nuances of banana, kiwi, vanilla bean, ripe grapefruit, and ripe apple.  Once landing on the palate, flavors concentrate towards ripe grapefruit, vanilla bean, banana, ripe apple, and white peach.  This Chardonnay is one of our more brisk white wines we produce, also exhibiting some firmness and a bit of youthful tension.  As it unravels, the finish becomes crisp, mouth-watering, and an ending splash of crème brulee.  Enjoy now through 2023." 

~Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

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Editor's Choice & 92 Points / 2015 Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay

A stellar wine, this appellation blend rivals some of the Los Gatos-based winery's single vineyard expressions. Exotic dried apples, vanilla cream and popcorn pop on the nose, while there palate's extreme acidity and explosiveness freshness demands immediate enjoyment. Butter-seared apples, grapefruit pith and a touch of flint round out the flavors. ~Matt Kettmann Read more