Project Description

2017 Diana’s Chardonnay

California AVA

Tasting Notes

Medium yellow hue. Abundant notes of kiwi, maple, pineapple, butterscotch, and lemon. With time, notes of key lime pie and orange zest flow in. While the flavors remain true to the aroma profile, they are matched with rich flavors of crème brulee. Exhibiting vibrant acidity, liveliness, and youth, this Chardonnay blend is densely layered with a very long and persistent finish. Enjoy now through 2027.

~Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

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“Do not be misled by this one’s designation of origin simply as California, for it is, in fact, Testarossa’s flagship Chardonnay made from a selection of the winery’s best lots and is, in every way, a wine of great stature and depth. It is enormously fruity, beautifully proportioned and decked out with especially lovely oak, and all of its many parts combine in an uncommonly seamless whole. From its complexity and richness to its impeccable balance, it is the stuff of which serious Chardonnay is made, and, while certain to age gracefully for years, it is so satisfying now that impatient drinking cannot be condemned.”

Connoisseurs’ Guide
August 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

“Made from the best eight barrels in the winery, the 2012 Chardonnay Diana’s Reserve (100% Chardonnay aged 11.5 months in 42% new French oak) has a ripe, textured and decadent style to go with classy citrus blossom, ripe orchard fruits, white flowers and crème brûlée-like aromas and flavors. Like all of the Chardonnays from this estate, this beauty has notable freshness and purity, good concentration and plenty of length on the finish. It will deliver the goods for 3-4 years.”

Jeb Dunnuck
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
October 2014

“The top wine of the estate and made from a selection of top barrels, the 2011 Chardonnay Diana’s is a stunner. Offering up lively, pure notes of mineral, marzipan and golden fruits, it flows onto the palate with rich, full, mid-palate, beautifully integrated acidity and superb focus on the finish. It should continue to impress through 2018. Drink now-2018. Founded in 1993 by Rob and Diana Jensen, with the wines made by Bill Brosseau, Testarossa Winery is located just outside of Los Gatos (just south of San Jose) and pulls grapes from a star-studded cast of vineyards throughout the central coast. All of the wines have beautiful purity of fruit and classical, perfectly made profiles. They also remain reasonably priced given the quality.”

Jeb Dunnuck
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
August 2013

“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. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018”

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
August 2012

“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

“Firm and focused, with lots of intense, complex flavors built around green apple, nectarine and light toasty oak. Folds together nicely on the finish, where the flavors are both layered and delicate. Drink now through 2011. 297 cases made.”

Jim Laube
Wine Spectator

“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

“The 2003 Chardonnay Diana’s Reserve is a complex, elegant, restrained yet well-layered, concentrated offering. It possesses medium to full body, notes of tangerines, honeyed citrus, white peaches, and pineapple, good underlying acidity, a judicious touch of wood, and a long finish. Enjoy this complex, complete Chardonnay over the next 3-4 years.”

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
August 2005

2017 Diana’s Chardonnay – Barrel Composition

Barrel Vineyard (Clone) Cooper Type
17040 Fogstone (76) François Frere Medium Toast
17301 Fogstone (76) Cadus Medium Toast
17069 Fogstone (76) François Frere Medium+ Toast
15040 Fogstone (76) Remond Medium Toast Long
17021 Fogstone (Hudson) François Frere Medium Toast
17213 Fogstone (15) Mercurey Light Toast Long
17209 La Rinconada (15) Mercurey Light Toast Long
17379 La Rinconada (15) Billion Medium Toast
16347 Lone Oak (Wente) Mercurey Light Toast
16206 Lone Oak (Wente) Taransaud Medium Toast
16267 Rincon (4) François Frere Medium Toast
15116 Sanford & Benedict (4) François Frere Medium+ Toast
17057 Sierra Madre (15) François Frere Medium Long
13280 Sierra Mar (95) Cadus Medium+ Toast
16244 Soberanes (Wente) François Frere Medium+ Toast
16240 Soberanes (Wente) François Frere Medium+ Toast
17387 Tondre Grapefield (76,96) Billion Medium Toast
16439 Tondre Grapefield (76,96) Billion Medium Toast

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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