2011 Fogstone Vineyard Chardonnay

Fogstone Vineyard is owned by Bret Sisney and Gary Filizetti and it one of the northernmost estates in the Santa Lucia Highlands. It is on an east facing slope that rises from 200 feet to 500 feet as you go up the bench. Originally planted in 1992 through 2000, Fogstone has thirty-six acres of Chardonnay, twenty-one of which are designated for Testarossa. The property’s close proximity to Monterey Bay makes for a very cool climate, with one of California’s longest growing seasons. The resulting slow, gentle ripening allows for full flavor development on the vine. Fogstone is one of Testarossa’s most innovative vineyard partners; Winemaker Bill Brosseau directly oversees all the farming and viticultural decisions for the acres that are designated for the winery. This is Testarossa’s second vintage of Fogstone Chardonnay.

The 2011 vintage was an exceptionially cool and wet year in the Highlands, providing a small crop of focused, intense Chardonnay fruit. The Chardonnay harvest at Fogstone took place from late September to early October.

Upon arrival at the winery, the fruit was carefully hand sorted, de-stemmed and allowed an extended cold soak. A gentle gravity flow process is used throughout the winery. The whole berries went through primary fermentation in our custom open top fermenters. The free run wine was then racked into French oak, of which approximately thirty-seven percent was new. Secondary malolactic conversion occurred naturally. The wine was allowed ten and a half months of barrel aging. Fifteen barrels were produced.

"Pale yellow color.  The nose displays an intriguing fusion of fig, grapefruit, green apple, and lemon.  Upon taste, the palate is quite expansive with elements of apple pie, fig, ripe grapefruit, and a dash of oak spice.  Vibrant acidity and a dense mouthfeel give this wine a sense of intrigue as it is reminiscent of apple pie infused with nutmeg and lemon-zest.  Drink now through 2020."
~Bill Brosseau, Winemaker