Project Description

2016 Black Ridge Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Santa Cruz Mountains AVA

Tasting Notes

“Very dark red color. Intense aromas of cassis, blackberry jam, boysenberry, ripe cherry, cola, and cocoa make for a powerful first impression. As these coalesce on the palate, generous and expansive tannin envelope the youthful texture and modest acidity. The wine finishes with intricacies and persistence, lending itself to a long life in the years ahead. Enjoy now through 2034.”

~Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking
January 2021

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“A massive wine with the freshness of Santa Cruz Mountains fruit, this is all about power. It’s super tannic, but the fruit still shows through in scents of cherry skins, sweet strawberries and some perfumed notes. This may be best as a young wine, to enjoy with slow-braised short ribs.”

Wine & Spirits Magazine
December 2021 Issue

Production Data

Growers: Jim Landes and Fred Faltersack
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Santa Cruz Mountains AVA
Elevation/Exposure: 825 – 1175 feet; Southeast, South, Northeast
Soil: Sandy loam with sandstone and calcareous shale
Vineyard Age: 17 years
Viticulture Practice: 
Farmed Organic
Vinification: Destemmed, fermented in Stainless steel
Cooperage & Ageing: 45 months in 100% French Oak, 100% new
Production: 10 barrels
Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Acidity: 3.41 pH, 7.41 TA (g/L)
Alcohol: 14.2%
Harvest: October 5, 2016
Release Price: $87

Drink Now through 2034

Past Vintage Wine Scores

“Saturated ruby. Mineral-accented dark berry, cherry-vanilla, licorice and pipe tobacco aromas are complemented by building oak spice and floral pastille nuances. Intense black currant, bitter cherry, fruitcake and vanilla flavors show excellent depth and smooth, supple texture. Finishes with strong tenacity on the gently tannic finish, and leaves behind exotic spice and dark fruit preserve notes. This wine was aged for 40 months in French oak barrels, 80% of which were new.”

Josh Raynolds
Antonio Galloni Vinous
November 2019

“Deep ruby color; toasty plum nose; smooth texture and juicy style with plum, berries and cassis; notes of spice, oak and tangy acidity; smooth, balanced and long.”

Anthony Dias Blue
June 2018

The Black Ridge Vineyard

Located on the inland side of the coastal Santa Cruz Mountains Appellation, Black Ridge Vineyards produces Testarossa’s Bordeaux varietals consisting of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot and Petit Verdot.

This historic vineyard is ideally situated to avoid the harsh coastal winds and fog that cover the majority of the appellation. The vineyard was originally planted in the mid 19th century, but replaced by prune trees during Prohibition and then a Christmas tree farm. In 1999, it was returned to its original roots with grapevines. Testarossa Director of Winemaking Bill Brosseau oversees the management of the vineyard working closely with vineyard staff that take great care in hand manicuring this one of a kind vineyard.

Past Vintages

Wine Production Data

Tasting Notes

“Deep red hue. Abundant scents of blackberry, chokecherry, peppercorn, boysenberry, oak spice, and cocoa round out the aroma profile. Upon taste, these qualities persist and intensify. Given the cool vintage of 2015 in the Santa Cruz Mountains and being true to the year, this wine displays modest acidity and generously silky tannins. As this wine lingers in the palate, it finishes with a well-balanced and enjoyable end. Enjoy now through 2027.”

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Jim Landes and Fred Faltersack
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Santa Cruz Mountains AVA
Barrel Aging: 40 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 80% new
Production: 10 barrels
Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Acidity: 3.55 pH, 7.3 TA (g/L)
Alcohol: 14.2%
Harvest: October 2015

Drink Now through 2027

Tasting Notes

“Dark red inky color. Intense scents of cocoa, sage, boysenberry, and blackberry. Upon aeration, notes of minerality, ripe cherry, and ripe cranberry round out the nose. These characters continue seamlessly into the palate and build in intensity. The big, juicy tannins and vibrant acidity bring this Cabernet the best of all worlds of being big and fresh at the same time. The intricate, sophisticated, and lengthy finish give way to a long lifespan for this distinctive wine. Enjoy now through 2027.”

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Jim Landes and Fred Faltersack
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Santa Cruz Mountains AVA
Barrel Aging: 31 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 88% new
Production: 8 barrels
Composition: 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot
Acidity: 3.46 pH, 6.81 TA (g/L)
Alcohol: 14.2%
Harvest: October 2014

Drink Now through 2027

WEATHER HOLD ADVISORY: Please note that due to the fragile nature of wine and the impending winter/summer season, we are unable to ship wines to states whose temperatures have dropped below 32  / risen above 90 degrees on average. Orders will be kept in our temperature controlled cellar until more moderate temperatures are reached. If you feel your area might be impacted, please contact us at to inquire about shipping options.

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