The Bien Nacido Vineyard, planted in 1973, sits in one of the most ideal locations in Santa Barbara County’s cool ocean facing Santa Maria Valley which gives the grapes exceptionally long hang time. Underlying the eastern edge of the vineyard is an old crumbly shaley-loam stratum of soil called Elder Series, which adds extra mineral flavors to the wines.
The Bien Nacido Vineyard Chardonnay is known for its core of rich tropical fruit characteristics complimented by exotic oriental spice flavors. Testarossa’s selection of specific Elder Series soil rich blocks within Bien Nacido give our Chardonnays an extra layer of minerality resulting in amazing depth and complexity
"Medium yellow color. This Chardonnay is brimming with tropical scents of passionfruit, banana, kiwi, and mango. In addition, there are some nice notes of peach and apricot framed nicely by some brioche elements. The aromas sail into a seamless flow of flavor displaying tropical and stone fruit notes. On the tail end, there is some custard that shows some richness, yet is well balanced by the fresh acidity and fine structure. Enjoy this rich and lingering wine until 2016"
- Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking