Project Description

2017 Diana’s Chardonnay

California AVA

Tasting Notes

Medium yellow color. Engaging scents of grapefruit, passionfruit, honey, ripe fig, and ripe apricot. With light aeration, notes of lemon-zest, apple, and mango round out this multi-vineyard blend. Upon taste, grapefruit, passion fruit, and mango concentrate while the other elements grow more subtle. This Chardonnay exhibits brilliant spirit with fresh, creamy, and dense textural complexity. This wine finishes with a long, lingering story of pleasure. Enjoy now through 2028

~Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

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Deep and lush with rich, ripe fruit; silky and dense with finesse and elegance; smooth, balanced and long.

Anthony Dias Blue
SOMM Journal
April 23, 2019

Production Data

Growers: Various
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Various
Barrel Aging: 18 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 50% new
Production: 18 barrels
Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Acidity: 6.6 g/L – 3.26 pH
Alcohol: 14.3%
Harvest: Various

Consume Now through 2027

Past Vintage Wine Scores

“Golden color; smooth and rich, juicy and elegant; toasty, ripe and lovely; balanced and racy, subtle and long”

Anthony Dias Blue
SOMM Journal
June 2018

“With a wonderfully gregarious, multilayered nose of guava, pineapple, ripe peaches and pink grapefruit plus supporting notions of spice box, candied ginger and toasted nuts, the medium-bodied 2015 Chardonnay Diana’s is tightly wound in the mouth, offering glimpses at the many tropical and savory layers, finishing long and vibrant.”

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

“The winery’s best-barrel bottling of Chardonnay, this excels on all fronts, showing lemon peels, browned butter, creamy lily and pan-seared apples on the light, crisp yet savory nose. The mouthfeel is rich but decorated with zesty line of salty acidity that cuts through the lemon-curd flavors. Altogether mouthwatering, it’s perfect for a seaside meal.”

Wine Enthusiast
~Matt Kettman
November 1, 2016
Full review

“An 8-12 barrel selection, the 2013 Chardonnay Diana’s Reserve is up with the crème de la crème from the vintage. Possessing similar aromatics to the Fogstone Vineyard release, with beautiful lemon rind, citrus blossom, honeysuckle and hints of toasted bread, it’s medium-bodied, firm and crisp on the palate, with fabulous purity and precision. This is pure class, and I suspect will drink nicely for at least another 7-8 years.”

Jeb Dunnuck

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

“Do not be misled by its simple “California” designation here. This best-barrel selection is one of the leading stars of team. It is rich and wonderfully layered and it seamlessly marries its creamy oak and very deep, keenly defined fruit and is replete with complex touches of minerals, freshly baked bread and notes of pie-crust sweetness. It is full-bodied and yet always light on its feet with a striking sense of vitality, balance and length, and, like the best of its breed, it is a Chardonnay that will continue to evolve and become more impressive with age. ”

Charles Olken & Steve Elliot

Connoisseur’s Guide
May 2014

“This is a reserve-style bottling based on barrel selections of the winery’s extensive portfolio. It’s extravagant in tangerine, mango, peach and oak flavors, with leesy notes of yeast, new oak and buttered toast. With brisk acidity, it’s a rich wine that should be enjoyed now.”

Steve Heimoff

Wine Enthusiast

“Layers of fruit wrap around the palate with gorgeous richness and density in the 2010 Chardonnay Diana’s, a selection of the best barrels of Chardonnay in the cellar. Clean underlying mineral notes and sweet, perfumed aromatics round out the Diana’s in all directions.”

Antonio Galloni
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

“Diana’s is Testarossa’s best barrel blend from its various vineyards from around the coast, hence the California appellation. It’s certainly ultrarich, almost decadent, with the apricot, pear and honey sweetness of a late-harvest dessert wine. Yet its thoroughly dry, and finishes with clean, minerally acidity. Deserves its reserve-level price.”

Steve Heimoff

Wine Enthusiast

“A best-of-barrels selection from the winery’s various vineyards, this is a lush, intricate Chardonnay made in the modern style. It’s fantastically rich in pineapple tart flavors, with the sweet, smoky crust, and more acidic citrus notes of Meyer lemons and limes. Oak aging and lees add fortunate layers of buttered toast and cream. Very intricate, with Chablisian dryness and minerality. Now–2014.”

Steve Heimoff

Wine Enthusiast

“This is a blend of Testarossa’s far-flung vineyards across California, hence the statewide appellation. It’s extraordinarily rich and explosive in apricots, pineapples, guavas, nectarines, buttered toast and smoky, caramelized oak. So muscular that you might want to age it for a year or two, to let it calm down.”

Steve Heimoff

Wine Enthusiast

“Rich and ripe in the Testarossa style, and delightfully outgoing, this full-bodied effort is loaded with bright apple and citrus fruit aromas and while it has been steeped in very fancy oak barrels, it does not sell itself to that oak and instead comes across as full of balanced, attractive personality. It also carries a lighter, almost candied edge that is not so evident in most of the winery’s other offerings reviewed here.”

Charles Olken & Steve Elliot

Connoisseur’s Guide
February 2008

“A statewide blend of the winemakers’ favorite barrels from their multiple vineyard sites, the Diana’s Reserve is easily Testarossa’s best ’05 Chardonnay. Blending seems to have ironed out the difficult spots, and made for a complete wine. Rich in fruit and oak, it shows all the hallmarks of great coastal California Chard.”

Steve Heimoff

Wine Enthusiast

“Shows the richness and complexity of all Testarossa’s Chardonnays, with masses of tropical fruit and oak flavors balanced by zesty acidity. But this wine, with a statewide appellation, has a mouthwatering minerality, a zesty tang of steel, that gives the wine extra layers. What a delicious, exciting Chardonnay.”

Steve Heimoff

Wine Enthusiast

“Super-rich, oaky and ripe in the Testarossa style, this flamboyant wine bursts with tropical fruit, spice, buttered toast and vanilla aromas and flavors. The texture is creamy, and the acidity high in this crowd pleaser.”

Steve Heimoff

Wine Enthusiast

2016 Diana’s Chardonnay – Barrel Composition

Barrel Vineyard (Clone) Cooper Type
16330 Fogstone (15) Mercury Light and Long
15237 Fogstone (15) Mercury Light and Long
11274 Fogstone (4) Cadus Medium Toast
16453 Soberanes (Wente) Cadus Medium
16354 Brosseau (Wente) Mercury Light and Fruity
15210 Sierra Madre (15) François Frere Medium Toast
16159 La Rinconada (15) François Frere Medium Plus
13154 Rosella’s (96) Remond Medium Toast Long
13206 Rosella’s (96) Remond Medium Toast Long
16238 Rosella’s (76) François Frere Medium Plus
15492 Rincon (4) Demptos Medium Toast
16260 Rosemary’s (96) Seguin Moreau Medium Long
16063 Lone Oak (Wente) Remond Medium Toast Long
16366 Sierra Madre (15) Bel Air Medium Long
16232 Sanford & Benedict (Wente) François Frere Medium Toast
15030 La Rinconada (Wente) Remond Medium Toast Long
14228 Soberanes (Wente) Cadus Medium Slow Extraction

California AVA

Don’t let the California appellation designation fool you, our Jensen Reserve Society wines are made from our top selection barrels that come from the best vineyards for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in California, from the Russian River Valley to the north to the Santa Rita Hills to the south.  Each year, Director of Winemaking Bill Brosseau and his team select the top barrels from more than a thousand to make this special wine that bares the Jensen Family’s names – the matriarch “Diana’s” and the combination of Nick and Claire for Niclaire. It is our highest achievement in winemaking.

Past Vintages

Wine Production Data

Tasting Notes

“Medium yellow color. Engaging scents of grapefruit, passionfruit, honey, ripe fig, and ripe apricot. With light aeration, notes of lemon-zest, apple, and mango round out this multi-vineyard blend. Upon taste, grapefruit, passion fruit, and mango concentrate while the other elements grow more subtle. This Chardonnay exhibits brilliant spirit with fresh, creamy, and dense textural complexity. This wine finishes with a long, lingering story of pleasure. Enjoy now through 2028.”

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Various
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Various
Barrel Aging: 18 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 53% new
Production: 16 barrels
Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Acidity: 7.56 g/L – 3.21 pH
Alcohol: 14.3%
Harvest: Various

Consume Now through 2028

 

Tasting Notes

“Medium Straw hue. Engaging scents of ripe peach, ripe apple pie, honey, passionfruit, and nutmeg leap out of the glass and are followed by notes of ripe fig, ripe apricot, and vanilla bean. While this wine is complex on the nose, these same attributes are framed by a nice citrus core of lemon, grapefruit, and even a touch more vanilla. Vibrancy and intricacy define the palate and this multi-vineyard blend leads into a pure, fresh, and youthful finish. Enjoy now through 2027.”

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Various
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation:  California
Barrel Aging:   14 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 13% new
Production:  14 barrels
Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Acidity: 6.44 g/L – 3.43 pH
Alcohol: 14.4%
Harvest: Various
Club Release: July 2017

Consume Now through 2027

 

Tasting Notes

“Medium Straw hue. Engaging scents of ripe peach, ripe apple pie, honey, passion fruit, and nutmeg leap out of the glass and are followed by notes of ripe fig, ripe apricot, and vanilla bean. While this wine is complex on the nose, these same attributes are framed by a nice citrus core of lemon, grapefruit, and even a touch more vanilla. Vibrancy and intricacy define the palate and this multi-vineyard blend leads into a pure, fresh, and youthful finish. Enjoy now through 2027.”

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Various
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation:  California
Barrel Aging:   12 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 46% New
Production:  14 barrels
Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Acidity: 6.57 g/L – 3.33 pH
Alcohol: 14.4%
Harvest: Various
Club Release: July 2016

Consume Now through 2027

 

Tasting Notes

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Various
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation:  California
Barrel Aging:   10 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 42% New
Production:  13 barrels
Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Acidity: 3.27 g/L – 3.27 pH
Alcohol: 14.4%
Harvest: Various
Club Release: July 2015

Consume Now through  

Tasting Notes

“Pale Straw hue.  Very complex aroma profile of honeycomb, pear, apple, fig, apricot, mango, crème brulee, and vanilla bean.  Once this wine settles down in the palate, notes of honeycomb, fig, pear, mango, and crème brulee remain.  This ‘best of the best’ barrel selection offers a densely concentrated palate with brisk acidity, keeping it balanced on the finish.  It should continue to gain intensity and complexity over the next few years of careful aging.  Drink now through 2022.”

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Various
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation:  California
Barrel Aging: 
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 40% New
Production:  11 barrels
Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Acidity:
Alcohol: 14.3%
Harvest: Various
Club Release: August 28, 2014

Consume Now through  2022

Tasting Notes

“Medium straw hue.  Generous scents of butterscotch, kiwi, mango, and grapefruit unite in this ‘best of the best’ barrel selection.  These scents segue into brilliant arrays of the tropical fruit, citrus, and butterscotch.  Brisk acidity and lush mouthfeel make for an epic experience.  This wine just does not stop, with its long lingering finish.  I dare say this is our best Diana’s Chardonnay to date. Drink now through 2020.”

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

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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