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Testarossa's 2012 Vintage Receives Rave Reviews From International Wine Review

"The 2012 growing season was excellent and the quality of the grapes is revealed in the wines. Weather conditions allowed for long hang time, full ripening of the fruit, and abundant yields. The whites and reds exhibit rich flavors with good acidity and structure that will allow for good aging over the coming years. The Chardonnays can generally be enjoyed now for up to five years; the Pinot Noirs for seven to ten years."-International Wine Review

94 Points  2012 La Encantada Vineyard Pinot Noir 
94 Points  2012 Garys' Vineyard Pinot Noir
93 Points  2012 Diana's Chardonnay
93 Points  2012 Bien Nacido Vineyard Chardonnay
93 Points  2012 Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir
93 Points  2012 Doctor's Vineyard Pinot Noir
92+ Points 2012 Soberanes Vineyard Pinot Noir
92 Points  2012 Sierra Madre Vineyard Chardonnay
92 Points  2012 Rincon Vineyard Chardonnay
92 Points  2012 Brosseau Vineyard Pinot Noir
92 Points  2012 Sierra Madre Vineyard Pinot Noir
92 Points  2012 Tondre Grapefield Pinot Noir
91+ Points  2012 Rosella's Vineyard Chardonnay
91+ Points  2012 Fogstone Vineyard Chardonnay
91 Points  2012 Soberanes Vineyard Chardonnay
91 Points  2012 Dos Rubios Vineyard Pinot Noir
91 Points  2012 Niclaire Pinot Noir
90 Points  2012 Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay
90 Points  2012 Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir
90 Points  2012 Graham Family Vineyard Pinot Noir
90 Points  2012 Fogstone Vineyard Pinot Noir
90 Points  2012 Rosella's Vineyard Pinot Noir
 

Full Review

94 Points          2012 La Encantada Vineyard Pinot Noir 
The magnificent Pinot Noir La Encantada offers pure ripe black cherry fruit on the nose. On the palate is has dense and lush fruit and is beautifully balanced with good acidity and earthy minerals.

94 Points          2012 Garys' Vineyard Pinot Noir
This Pinot Noir from the famed Garys’ Vineyard displays a dark ruby color and a complex nose of ripe dark berry fruit with hints of herbs and earthy nuances. The palate is beautifully honed with excellent acidity, freshness and balance along with silky soft tannins on the finish. Superb.

93 Points          2012 Diana's Chardonnay
This is a remarkable wine with very rich flavors of orchard fruit and hints of vanilla. Aged in selected medium-toast barrels, the wine is beautifully crafted with a lush mouth feel, silky texture and a lingering finish. A lovely blend from the top ten best of barrels.

93 Points          2012 Bien Nacido Vineyard Chardonnay
The 2012 Chardonnay Bien Nacido Vineyard is a delicious wine offering aromas of stone fruit and mango on the nose. The palate is rich and creamy with a silky texture, fresh and dense yellow fruit flavors, medium acidity and a persistent finish.

93 Points          2012 Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir
The Pinot Noir Bien Nacido is a gorgeous wine offering lovely pure cherry kirsch aromas and densely flavored red berry fruit with smoky notes. On the palate it is nicely balanced with an elegant mouth feel, soft round tannins and a long finish.

93 Points          2012 Doctor's Vineyard Pinot Noir
Lovely red berry fruit with firm structure and good acidity are revealed in the Pinot Noir Doctor’s Vineyard. The wine is also nicely focused and beautifully balanced with a velvet texture and firm tannins on the finish. The vineyard has rich and varied Pinot Noir clonal material.

92+ Points        2012 Soberanes Vineyard Pinot Noir
The wine reveals light raspberry and pure cherry flavors on the attack. It is nicely balanced with good acidity, ripe tannins and a long and persistent finish. Fresh and attractive with good aging potential.

92 Points          2012 Sierra Madre Vineyard Chardonnay
Sourced from one of the finest vineyards in the Santa Maria Valley, this Chardonnay exhibits a yellow gold color with ripe flavors of stone fruits and notes of mango and toasted oak. It is nicely balanced on the palate with a silky texture and a delicious finish.

92 Points          2012 Rincon Vineyard Chardonnay
The Chardonnay Rincon Vineyard is sourced from the Talley Family’s cool climate vineyard established in 1982. It is a lovely wine offering aromas and flavors of stone fruit and mango. Nicely structured with high acidity and a crisp dry finish, the wine is vibrant and focused.

92 Points          2012 Brosseau Vineyard Pinot Noir
This Pinot Noir is from the winemaker, Bill Brosseau’s vineyard located in the remote Chalone AVA. It is a bold flavored and delicious wine showing ripe black cherry fruit, soft texture and mouth feel and a long persistent finish. From low yielding vines of limestone rich soils.

92 Points          2012 Sierra Madre Vineyard Pinot Noir
Sourced from the outstanding Sierra Madre Vineyard, this bottling exhibits vibrant dark cherry fruit and is very soft and evolved on the palate with great intensity of flavor. Mouth filling with hints of spice, it offers dark cherry fruit flavors with excellent acidity and balance. A beautiful wine ready to drink.

92 Points          2012 Tondre Grapefield Pinot Noir
Aromatic red berry fruit with toasted oak aromas jump from the glass. These are followed by ripe dark cherry fruit, pepper and clove flavors with a soft texture, polished tannins and a perfectly balanced finish.

91+ Points        2012 Rosella's Vineyard Chardonnay
Yellow-gold in color, the Chardonnay Rosella’s Vineyard offers aromas of citrus and apple with prominent oak notes and a hint of caramel. It is full-bodied, with a honeyed mouth feel and a long rich-tasting finish.

91+ Points        2012 Fogstone Vineyard Chardonnay
The 2012 Chardonnay Fogstone Vineyard displays a yellow gold color and light floral and apple aromas on the nose. On the palate it exhibits crisp acidity, excellent mouth feel and flavor, and a long zesty finish.

91 Points          2012 Soberanes Vineyard Chardonnay
The 2012 Chardonnay Soberanes Vineyard displays ripe flavors of citrus, orchard fruit and oak spice. Mouth filling and elegant on the palate, is has a rich creamy texture with moderate acidity and hints of minerality.

91 Points          2012 Dos Rubios Vineyard Pinot Noir
This delicious wine offers ripe dark cherry aromas and flavors. Soft on the attack and silky on the palate, it has good concentration of fruit and oak, soft round tannins, and a firm finish.

91 Points          2012 Niclaire Pinot Noir
The Niclaire offers very fresh and delicate cherry fruit with toasted oak and earthy notes. Soft and elegant on the palate, it reveals spicy black cherry fruit and some tartness. It has silky tannins, good balance and a firm finish.

90 Points          2012 Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay
The 2012 Chardonnay Santa Lucia Highlands reveals of a light straw color and aromas and flavors of apple, pear and citrus. It is dry, crisp and lively with good acidity and hints of toasted oak and a light creamy mouth feel.

90 Points          2012 Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir
The 2012 Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands exhibits a dark ruby color and aromas dark cherry and cranberry fruit. It is fresh on the palate with notes of under brush and spice, good acidity, round tannins and a long pleasant finish.

90 Points          2012 Graham Family Vineyard Pinot Noir
The Pinot Noir Graham Family Vineyard displays a medium ruby dark color and concentrated cherry flavors with hints of oak spice. It has moderately high acidity, soft round tannins and persistent oak on the finish.

90 Points          2012 Fogstone Vineyard Pinot Noir
Medium ruby in color, the 2012 Pinot Noir Fogstone Vineyard offers aromas of cherry, pomegranates, toast and a touch of loam. It has a soft texture and reveals red plum/pomegranate fruit on the palate and, round tannins with high acidity on the finish.

90 Points          2012 Rosella's Vineyard Pinot Noir
The 2012 Pinot Noir Rosella’s Vineyard offers brambly red berry fruit on the nose and is ripe and lush on the palate with good intensity of fruit flavor and excellent balance. It has soft round tannins, cherry notes on the back palate, and a long dry finish.