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.
"Dark red color. This blend of Pinot Noir from three vineyards in the Santa Rita Hills presents scents of boysenberry, currant, blueberry, ripe fig, and graphite. The flavors segue evenly from the aroma profile showing a nice balance of fruit and minerality. Fine grain tannins along with a dense mouthfeel and good length make for a hedonistic experience. Enjoy now through 2023."
~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemkaing