Project Description

2017 Brosseau Vineyard Chardonnay

Chalone AVA

Tasting Notes

“Pale yellow hue. Engaging scents of fig, kiwi, apple, and apricot. Followed in short order by notes of ginger, almond, key lime pie, grapefruit, and coconut. This distinctive and complex profile stays consistent once on the palate. The youthful, brisk acidity align nicely with the highly structured and tightly wound mouthfeel. This Chardonnay finishes nicely with complexity and persistence. Enjoy now through 2029.”

~Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

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“Rich, golden color; creamy, smooth and rich with ripe fruit and lush texture; toasty and dense, long and showing vanilla oak.”

Anthony Dias Blue
The SOMM Journal

Production Data

Growers: Jon , Jan and Bill Brosseau
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Chalone AVA
Barrel Aging: 18 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 33% new
Production: 5 barrels
Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Acidity: 6.29 g/L – 3.33 pH
Alcohol: 14.1%
Harvest: August 15, 2017
Club Release: June 26, 2019

Consume Now through 2029

Past Vintage Wine Scores

“Pale yellow-gold. Displays heady aromas of ripe pear, peach nectar and Meyer lemon, which are complemented by subtle hints of toasty lees and fennel. Juicy and seamless on the palate, offering concentrated orchard and pit fruit flavors that pick up sexy oak spice and honey flourishes on the back half. Finishes sappy, broad and long, leaving a buttered-toast note behind.”

Antonio Galloni
Josh Raynolds
Vinous

The 2015 Chardonnay Brosseau Vineyard features a seriously savory nose of yeast extract, crusty bread, beeswax and cashews with an earthy/minerally undercurrent and core of lemon pie, warm grapefruit and white peaches. Medium-bodied, it has a lively backbone of refreshing acidity cutting the intense savory flavors, finishing long and satiny.”

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
Lisa Perrotti-Brown
Sep 29, 2017

“Winemaker Bill Brousseau taps his family vineyard for this bottling that leans toward a more delicate style, offering light white flowers, yellow melon, tangerine peels, kumquat, Asian pear and a hint of clove and cinnamon spice. A baking-soda energy pops on the palate, where lemon blossoms and pink-grapefruit rinds collide for a tart chorus.”

Wine Enthusiast
MT
November 1, 2016

“Coming from limestone and granite soils, the 2012 Chardonnay Brosseau Vineyard is stunning. Made in a rich, full-flavored style, it has knockout aromas and flavors of apple and stone fruits, toasted nuts, white flowers and hints of honeycomb. This all flows to a medium to full-bodied, nicely concentrated, layered and balanced white that has integrated acidity and notable precision and focus on the finish. Seeing just under 12 months in 31% new French oak, enjoy this beauty over the coming 2-3 years.”

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

“Testarossa’s 2011 Chardonnay Brosseau is one of the most fascinating wines of the year. Rich yet weightless, the 2011 hovers on the palate with effortless grace and class. Graphite, crushed rocks and lemon peel are woven together in a wine of impeccable class. An exotic, layered Chardonnay, the 2011 retains considerable brightness despite its obvious size. Yields were a measly 0.8 tons per acre, largely because of rain during flowering. This is another polished, gracious Chadonnay from Testarossa.”

Antonio Galloni
Vineos Media

The Brosseau Vineyard

The Brosseau estate in the Chalone appellation is arguably the most unique vineyard source in the Testarossa line-up. Standing 1,600 feet above sea level in Monterey County’s Gabilan Mountains, you can actually see the Brosseau Vineyard’s terroir. The rocky crags and peaks of nearby Pinnacles National Monument loom over the almost moonscape-like panorama. This is the heart of the historic Chalone appellation, where you can literally taste the district’s ancient decomposed granite and limestone soils in every drop of wine.  Owned by Testarossa Director of Winemaking, Bill Brosseau’s family, the property was originally planted in 1980. Brosseau manages the entire process from the dirt to the bottle and the results are stunning.

Past Vintages

Wine Production Data

Tasting Notes

“Medium straw hue. Engaging scents of white peach, ripe apricot, honeysuckle, ripe fig and kiwi. Upon further review, there are notes of lemon-zest, almond, coconut, and pineapple which round out the nose. Once in the palate, these qualities continue with tropical and citrus notes leading the way. The pure, deep, and creamy texture is perfectly balanced by zesty acidity. This hedonistic wine ends strong with a rich, long, yet youthful touch. Enjoy this classic wine from now until 2028.”

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Jon , Jan and Bill Brosseau
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Chalone AVA
Barrel Aging: 18 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 33% new
Production: 5 barrels
Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Acidity: 7.47 g/L – 3.28 pH
Alcohol: 14.1%
Harvest: August 15, 2016
Club Release: June 2018

Consume Now through 2028

 

Tasting Notes

“Pale straw color. Engaging initial aromas of honey, apricot, peach and tangerine. Upon swirling, notes of lemon custard, crème brulee, and ripe fig release from the glass. After first taste, flavors of tangerine, apricot, and peach concentrate. The texture of this wine is perfectly balanced with a layered, intricate, and complex hedonistic profile. While all good things come to an end, this Chardonnay goes the distance with its long, lingering, mineral-laden finish. Enjoy now through 2027.”

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Jon , Jan and Bill Brosseau
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Chalone AVA
Barrel Aging: 12 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 25% new
Production: 4 barrels
Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Acidity: 7.2 g/L – 3.31 pH
Alcohol: 13.8%
Harvest: August 2015
Club Release:

Consume Now through 2027

 

Tasting Notes

Medium straw hue. Aromas of peach, apricot, orange blossoms, banana cream, and ripe pear unite in this distinctive Chardonnay.  Flavors segue into more focus on white peach, ripe pear, and banana cream. The texture is polished, along with a multitude of complex layers within. Very youthful and bright. Supple finish and some minerality lingering.  Enjoy now through 2025.

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Jon , Jan and Bill Brosseau
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Chalone AVA
Barrel Aging: 10.5 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 20% new
Production: 5 barrels
Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Acidity: 7.13 g/L – 3.21pH
Alcohol:
Harvest: August 4, 2014
Club Release:

Consume Now through 2025

 

Production Data

Growers: Jon , Jan and Bill Brosseau
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Chalone AVA
Barrel Aging: 9 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 45% new
Production: 7 barrels
Composition: 100% Chardonnay
pH:   3.36pH
Alcohol: 14.4%
Harvest: September 3, 2013
Club Release:

 

Tasting Notes

“Medium yellow hue.  Appealing aromas of pear, apricot, peach, and mango exhibit themselves.  Upon taste, this Chardonnay concentrates flavors of apricot, pear, and initiates butterscotch.  There is some tension in this youthful wine, exhibiting the tense growing conditions in the rocky soils.  As the tension releases, there are some nice mouth-coating attributes.  The finish is quite refined and mineral-laden, lending itself to a very hedonistic and genuine experience.  Drink now through 2024.”

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Jon , Jan and Bill Brosseau
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Chalone AVA
Barrel Aging: 11.5 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 31% new
Production: 240 barrels
Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Acidity:   4.97 g/L – 3.47pH
Alcohol: 14.3%
Harvest: September 14, 2012
Club Release:

Consume Now through 2024

 

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 clubt@testarossa.com to inquire about shipping options.

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