Project Description

2017 Fogstone Vineyard Chardonnay

Santa Lucia Highlands AVA

Fogstone Chardonnay Bottle Shot

Tasting Notes

“Medium straw hue. With this Chardonnay, there are engaging scents of ripe fig, caramel, apricot, banana followed by subtle notes of pear and apple. These attributes persist on the palate and are infused with hints of brioche and honey. While the aromas and flavors are generous and rich, the texture remains brisk and vibrant. This wine finishes with a long, intricate, and mineral-laden spirit. Enjoy now through 2026.”

~Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

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“Soft, warm nose; silky, sleek and racy with juicy acidity and lively flavors of pear and citrus; fresh, stylish and long.”

Anthony Dias Blue
The SOMM Journal

May 2019

Production Data

Growers: Bret Sisney and Gary Filizetti
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands AVA
Barrel Aging: 16 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 31% new
Production: 27 barrels
Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Acidity:  7.9g/L – 3.23 pH
Alcohol: 14.3%
Harvest: September 2016
Club Release: May 30, 2018

Consume Now Through 2026

Past Vintage Wine Scores

“Juicy and crisp with racy acidity; silky and bright with tangy style and smooth texture”.

Anthony Dias Blue
SOMM Journal
June  2018

“Vivid yellow-gold. Pungent aromas of candied pear, yellow peach and honey pick up a smoky mineral nuance as the wine stretches out. Pliant and focused on the palate, showing impressive depth to the juicy, mineral-laced orchard and pit fruit flavors. Rich yet energetic as well; a sexy floral note emerges on the back half. Finishes silky, gently sweet and very persistent, displaying lingering floral and mineral notes. ”

Antonio Galloni
Josh Raynolds
November  2017

“The 2014 Chardonnay Fogstone Vineyard is from a cooler, northern site and is comprised of five different clones. It has a classy style with some toasty oak giving way to notions of caramelized citrus, apple and brioche-like aromas and flavors. Rich, medium to full-bodied and beautifully textured, drink it over the coming 4-6 years.”

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

“This deep and expressive Chardonnay places a premium upon richness but it does so with a great sense of balance and proportion all the same. It is arguably the most complex of the fine Testarossa lot, and a wealth of wonderfully well-formed, ripe apple fruit sits solidly beneath its layers of toast, sweet spice and cream. It is quite full in body yet never comes close to dragging its feet, and it will make splendid drinking with the likes of lobster, salmon in sauce or any dish that cries out for a white wine of substance and style.”

Cnooisseur’s Guide
July 2015

“Editor’s Choice – With a nose approaching butterscotch but expertly cut with acidity and cinnamon spice, this is the best Testarossa single-vineyard Chardonnay of 2012. On the palate, there are lovely flavors of salted caramel and yellow peach, and the wine manages to be simultaneously spicy, sharp and smooth. The finish lingers extra long.”

Wine Enthusiast

“Mouthwatering acidity brightens and balances the intensely ripe pineapple jam, Key lime pie and Meyer lemon sweetness of this Chardonnay. Oak plays a prominent part, providing sweet, buttered toast notes. The wine shows the Testarossa style of balancing power and elegance seamlessly.”

Wine Enthusiast

The Fogstone Vineyard

Fogstone Vineyard is owned by Bret Sisney and Gary Filizetti and is one of the northernmost estates in the Santa Lucia Highlands. It is on an east facing slope that rises from 200 feet to 500 feet as you go up the bench.

Originally planted in 1993 through 1997, Fogstone has thirty-five acres of Pinot Noir, utilizing seven different clones. It has thirty-six acres of Chardonnay consisting of 6 different clones. All seventy-one acres of Fogstone Vineyard are designated for Testarossa, making it one of our few Monopole wines. The property’s close proximity to Monterey Bay makes for a very cool climate, with one of California’s longest growing seasons. The resulting slow, gentle ripening allows for full flavor development on the vine. Fogstone is one of Testarossa’s most innovative vineyard partners; Winemaker Bill Brosseau works very closely with the vineyard manager and directly oversees growing decisions.

Past Vintages

Wine Production Data

Tasting Notes

“Brilliant yellow profile. Vibrant notes of mango, caramel, grapefruit, and lemon-zest, followed by subtle elements of brioche, honey, marmalade, and apricot pie. This complex and engaging aroma profile is equal and enticing on the palate. Lively acidity, characteristic of the cooler, northern end of this wine growing region and paired with light touch of French oak spice leads to a very intricate and exciting textural balance. While this wine is very youthful now, it will continue to unravel and please for many years to come. Enjoy now through 2026.”

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Bret Sisney and Gary Filizetti
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands AVA
Barrel Aging: 16 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 31% new
Production:  36 barrels
Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Acidity:  7.9g/L – 3.23 pH
Alcohol: 14.3%
Harvest: September 2016
Club Release: May 30, 2018

Consume Now Through 2026

Tasting Notes

“Medium Straw hue. Brilliant scents of lemon, orange, brioche, followed by more subtle notes of kiwi, apple, fig, molasses, vanilla bean, and grapefruit. This complex aroma profile is matched by equally exciting flavor characters along with the careful blending of French oak in the background. There is exceptional purity, elegance, and sophistication on the palate. With bright acidity and youthful textures, this Chardonnay should last for many years to come. Enjoy now through 2027.”

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Bret Sisney and Gary Filizetti
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands AVA
Barrel Aging: 10.5 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 40% new
Production: 21 barrels
Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Acidity: 7.2 g/L – 3.31 pH
Alcohol: 14.3%
Harvest: September 8, 2015
Club Release: September 8, 2015

Consume Now through 2027

Tasting Notes

“Bright straw hue. Ripe fig, orange, cloves, and brioche notes leap out of this wine and are matched by elements of honey, banana, ripe apricot, and peach. Flavors of honey, grapefruit, and brioche are infused seamlessly by layers of apricot, fig, peach, and cloves. With careful use of French oak, this wine exhibits wonderful concentration and depth of character, while tamed by vibrant acidity. This Chardonnay finishes smooth, focused, and persistent. Enjoy now through 2026.”

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Bret Sisney and Gary Filizetti
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands AVA
Barrel Aging: 12 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 23% new
Production: 32 barrels
Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Acidity: 5.78 g/L – 3.3 pH
Alcohol: 14.4%
Harvest: October 15, 2014
Club Release: May 17, 2016

Consume Now through 2026

 

Tasting Notes

“Pale yellow hue. Generous scents of ripe fig, honey, and butterscotch release initially from this Chardonnay. After further aeration, notes of nutmeg, apple pie, brioche, and grapefruit round out the aroma profile. While flavors of citrus, butterscotch, and brioche are generous in their expression, the rest of the aroma profiles flow seamlessly into the palate. There is incredible density in the palate yet the vibrant acidity maintains freshness. The finish is layered, creamy, and refreshing. For enhanced enjoyment, chill this Chardonnay before serving and enjoy now through 2025.”

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Bret Sisney and Gary Filizetti
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands AVA
Barrel Aging: 10 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 34% new
Production: 22 barrels
Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Acidity: 5.76 g/L – 3.39 pH
Alcohol: 14.4%
Harvest: October 2013
Club Release: May 5, 2015

Consume Now through 2025

 

Tasting Notes

“Medium yellow hue. Rich scents of butterscotch, honey, molasses and nutmeg fuse with hints of apple, lemon, and lime. As the flavors flare out, there is a concentration of custard, lemon-zest, and honey notes. Very rich and dense mouth-feel from this cool-climate Chardonnay. This wine finishes very smooth and subtle with great polish. Enjoy now through 2020.”

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Bret Sisney and Gary Filizetti
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands AVA
Barrel Aging: 11.5 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 38% new
Production: 16 barrels
Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Acidity:  3.65 pH
Alcohol: 14.1%
Harvest:
Club Release: June 17, 2014

Consume Now through 2020

 

Tasting Notes

“Pale yellow color.  The nose displays an intriguing fusion of fig, grapefruit, green apple, and lemon.  Upon taste, the palate is quite expansive with elements of apple pie, fig, ripe grapefruit, and a dash of oak spice.  Vibrant acidity and a dense mouthfeel give this wine a sense of intrigue as it is reminiscent of apple pie infused with nutmeg and lemon-zest.  Drink now through 2020.”

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Bret Sisney and Gary Filizetti
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands AVA
Barrel Aging: 10 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 37% new
Production: 15 barrels
Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Acidity: 7.23 g/L
Alcohol: 14.1%

Consume Now through 2020

 

Tasting Notes

“Fogstone Vineyard is one of our new generation partners, where we have complete control “from soil to bottle.” I am constantly in the vineyard, working to let this great site express itself through focused, intense Chardonnay fruit. This rich, layered wine can go with just about anything – chicken, salmon, shellfish, or pasta.”

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Bret Sisney and Gary Filizetti
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands AVA
Barrel Aging:
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 20% new
Production: 13 barrels
Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Acidity: 7.191 g/L
Alcohol: 14.3%

 

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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