Fogstone Vineyard is on the northern end of the Santa Lucia Highlands Appellation. It sits at 250-400 feet in elevation with an eastern exposure and consists of rocky, well-draining loam soils. Testarossa has a longstanding relationship with Bret Sisney and Gary Filizetti, the owners of Fogstone Vineyards. Director of Winemaking, Bill Brosseau, works closely with vineyard management to champion excellence in farming in the Santa Lucia Highlands. Currently, Testarossa gets about two-thirds of the 36 acres of Chardonnay, which consists of 5 different clones. 2016 is our seventh vintage of both the Fogstone Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Fogstone Vineyard boasts numerous pinot noir clones on various root stocks and in the middle of the vineyard there are 16 rows of the La Tache clone that are currently being dry farmed. Fogstone has been instrumental in transforming farming practices in the Santa Lucia Highlands.
Brilliant yellow profile. Vibrant notes of mango, caramel, grapefruit, and lemon-zest, followed by subtle elements of brioche, honey, marmalade, and apricot pie. This complex and engaging aroma profile is equal and enticing on the palate. Lively acidity, characteristic of the cooler, northern end of this wine growing region and paired with light touch of French oak spice leads to a very intricate and exciting textural balance. While this wine is very youthful now, it will continue to unravel and please for many years to come. Enjoy now through 2026.
~Bill Brosseau, Diretor of Winemaking