2016 Sanford & Benedict Vineyard Chardonnay

Sanford & Benedict Vineyard Chardonnay 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 Vineyard.

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.

Tasting Notes

"Straw hue. Inviting scents of coconut, mango, crème brulee, fig, and kiwi unite in this lovely offering from the Sanford and Benedict Vineyard. With some air, notes of pineapple and passionfruit rise out of the glass as well. Upon taste these pleasing qualities grow in depth and enjoyment. The unctuous and layered palate continues to gain intensity on a lively and mineral-laden finish. Enjoy now through 2025."

~Bill Brosseau, Diretor of Winemaking

WEATHER HOLD ADVISORY - Please note that due to the fragile nature of wine and the impending winter season, we are  unable to ship wine to states whose temperatures have fallen below 32 degrees Farenheit. If you feel your area might be impacted, please contact us at clubt@testarossa to inquire about shipping options.

Accolades:

93 Points / Antonio Galloni's Vinous

Juicy and densely packed on the palate, displaying powerful citrus and orchard fruit flavors... Read more

93 Points / Anthony Dias Blue (The SOMM Journal)

From the most famous vineyard in this appellation north of Santa Barbara; lovely and long... Read more

93 Points / Jeb Dunnuck

Aged in one-third new French oak, the 2016 Chardonnay Sanford & Benedict Vineyard leads with its toasty oak, yet offers ample stone fruits, salty minerality, and white flower-like aromas and flavors. It's clean, pure, nicely concentrated, and a beautiful wine. Give it a year in bottle. Read more
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