The most important ingredient for any great wine is the raw materials – the grapes.
Testarossa specializes in limited production Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from some of the state’s best known vineyard estates. Our success vintage-to-vintage is based on the long-term relationships we have developed with these outstanding, conscientious winegrowers.
Testarossa has two unique advantages when it comes to the winegrowing side of the equation. The first is Director of Winemaking, Bill Brosseau, who has extensive viticultural experience. Bill works closely with Testarossa’s sources, overseeing the year-round lifecycle of the vineyards and managing the individual blocks set aside for the winery. Indeed, this level of commitment and participation has been taken to a new level with the Dos Rubios and Fogstone vineyards in the Santa Lucia Highlands – where Bill actually determines the planting decisions on the ground. Bill Brosseau’s special skill set, combining grape growing with winemaking, gives Testarossa complete quality control – from “soil to the bottle.”
Testarossa’s other advantages are the winegrowers and vineyard owners themselves. Very few wineries can boast the roster of stellar “names” that appear on a Testarossa Pinot Noir or Chardonnay. Vineyards the likes of Pisoni, Garys’, Rosella’s, Doctor’s, Graham Family and Rincon. And long-term partnerships with famed winegrowers such as Gary Pisoni, Gary Franscioni, and the Talley family.
The estates and personalities provide the “terroir,” the special sense of place that shines through in every bottle of Testarossa.