Project Description

Dessert Wines – Novitiate

California AVA

2014 ‘Br. Korte Cuvee’ Black Muscat

Madera

Tasting Notes

“Redish orange hue.  Engaging notes of marmalade jam, molasses, brown sugar, and loganberry unite across the aroma and flavor profile of this first offering of Black Muscat.  It is very bold, bright, yet smooth and rich with a hint of residual sugar. This wine continues to please in flavor and finish with its hedonistic and warming touch.  Enjoy now through 2027.”

~Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Production: 8 barrels
Composition: Black Muscat
Acidity: 8.18 g/L – 3.14 pH
Alcohol: 18%

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2014 ‘Guadalupe’ Muscat Canelli

Madera

Tasting Notes

“Deep amber color.  Beautiful and concentrated aromas of fig chutney, molasses, golden raisins, and marmalade.  These characters only intensify when they swirl in the palate. This first offering for Testarossa Winery, and a blast from the past for the Novitiate label, offers unctuous, dense, and lively qualities.  This wine ends with hedonism and pleasure. Enjoy now through 2027. “

~Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Production: 9 barrels
Composition: Black Muscat
Acidity: 6.98 g/L – 3.53 pH
Alcohol: 16.5%

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2012 ‘Vin Dore’ Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc

Arroyo Seco

Tasting Notes

“Golden bronze color.  Scents of honey, ripe fig, cloves, molasses, brown sugar, and caramelized apple make for a hedonistic experience.  These characteristics gain intensity in the flavor profile, while the texture oozes with richness and viscosity. The sweet and sour attributes help to keep focus of this dense and deeply flavored dessert wine.  Enjoy now through 2025. “

~Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Vineyard: Zabala Vineyard
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Arroyo Grande Valley AVA
Cooperage: Neutral Oak
Production: 20 barrels
Composition: Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc
Acidity: 3.98 pH
Alcohol: 16.2%
Harvest: December 1, 2012

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2013 ‘Villa Joseph’ Late Harvest Syrah

Chalone AVA

Tasting Notes

“Intensely dark red color. The aroma profile showcases very ripe boysenberry, blackberry, blueberry, and currant notes. Upon aeration, floral notes of hydrangea add a unique complexity to this flashy late harvest syrah. The flavors transition nicely onto the palate which exhibits syrup-like concentration. This heavy-hitter dessert wine aims to please with its hedonistic side while the bright acidity keep it from become too soft. Cool fermented and no oak use, preserves the fresh fruitiness profile while exhibiting the intended syrup-like palate. Enjoy now through 2027. “

~Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Brosseau Family
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Chalone AVA
Barrel Aging: N/A
Cooperage: Stainless Steel
Production: 87 barrels
Composition: Late Harvest Syrah
Acidity: 3.96 pH
Alcohol: 16.7%
Harvest: November 7, 2013

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Novitiate of Los Gatos

The old Novitiate Winery was originally built in 1888 by Jesuit Fathers and Brothers from Santa Clara College (now Santa Clara University); it was intended to help fund their new seminary college, built on the grounds the same year. The term Novitiate means house of the novices, the name used for seminary students. For nearly 100 years, the Jesuits made altar wines, as well as sweet, fortified wines at the Novitiate Winery. The Novitiate Winery was best known for its fortified Black Muscat dessert wine (similar to a tawny port), which was a perennial gold medal winner at the California State Fair.

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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