Project Description

2017 Rincon Vineyard Chardonnay

Arroyo Grande AVA

Tasting Notes

“Medium yellow hue. Scents of fig, kiwi, passionfruit, melon, and brioche segue towards pear, peach, and apricot with some swirling. While these qualities persist in the flavor profile, there are lovely additions of lemon and creamy oak to the fun. This wine is oozing with richness and density, rare for California Chardonnay. The enjoyment persists in the finish with continued richness, length, and love. Enjoy now through 2027.”

~Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

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Smooth, juicy and luscious with deep, dense fruit; rich and layered, long and creamy, fresh and tangy, complex and long.

Anthony Dias Blue
SOMM Journal
May 2019

Production Data

Growers: Talley Family
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Arroyo Grande Valley
Barrel Aging: 17 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 33% new
Production: 12 barrels
Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Acidity: 6.85 g/L – 3.47 pH
Alcohol: 14.2%
Harvest: October 5, 2017

Consume Now through 2027

Past Vintage Wine Scores

“This bottling from a coveted vineyard offers a little bit of everything for the Chardonnay lover. The nose begins with aromas of candied lime, tangerine pith, golden butter and cashew cream. The palate continues with toasted hazelnut, fresh lemon and then a crème brûlée finish, yet it’s all wrapped in searing acidity and a chalky mouthfeel.” Editor’s Choice.

Matt Kettmann
Wine Enthusiast
November 2019

“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.”

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

“Very stony and chalky sea-shell aromas arise off of this bottling that also benefits from lemon curd and plump Anjou-pear fruit on the edges. A tingling acidity and steely structure frames the palate, where delicate flavors of Key lime and more lemon curd add depth to the tension.”

Wine Enthusiast

“Starbright and medium dark gold in color, this lovely Chardonnay offers loads of fruit in the nose. Rich and fruit forward, it reveals notes of lemon and green mango with a creamy texture and interesting flavors finishing with very good length..”

International Wine Review

“Coming out of the Arroyo Grande Valley, the 2012 Chardonnay Rincon Vineyard is made in a rich, full-throttle style. Giving up ample ripe golden apple, vanilla cream, spice and toasty notes, it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, integrated acidity and a terrific finish. It’s a rocking Chardonnay that will deliver the goods over the coming 2-3 years.”

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

“Coming from shallow, loamy and calcareous soils and more mineral-driven and elegant, the 2011 Chardonnay Rincon Vineyard is gorgeous. Offering plenty of crushed stone-like minerality, ripe apple, citrus and hints of tasted bread, this medium-bodied, full and balanced effort has integrated acidity and a concentrated mid-palate. While I’d drink it over the coming couple of years, it could have an interesting evolution beyond that as well. Drink now-2016.”

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
August 2013

The Rincon Vineyard

Owned by the Talley Family, who have farmed Southern San Luis Obispo County for three generations, the Rincon Vineyard dates back to 1982. Planted just 7 miles northeast of the Pacific Ocean, the vineyard has soils that are reminiscent of Burgundy, in particularly the Côte de Nuits with its steep terrain. Working closely with the Talley Family, Testarossa owners, Rob and Diana Jensen, and Director of Winemaking Bill Brosseau, have created very exceptional Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with classic old world flavors, great concentration and complexity.

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: Talley Family
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Arroyo Grande Valley
Barrel Aging: 12 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 60% new
Production: 9 barrels
Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Acidity: 6.67 g/L – 3.53 pH
Alcohol: 14.1%
Harvest: September 21, 2016

Consume Now through 2026

 

Tasting Notes

“Pale straw hue. Scents of fig, brioche, apple, nutmeg fuse with elements of apricot, peach, kiwi, and pineapple. Upon taste, these attributes concentrate towards green apple, pineapple, kiwi, and fig. With its tart and vibrant mouthfeel, this Chardonnay finishes with bright and fresh characters, followed by a smooth, unctuous ending. Enjoy now through 2025.”

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Talley Family
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation:  Arroyo Grande Valley
Barrel Aging:   12 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 60% new
Production:  12 barrels
Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Acidity: 6.11 g/L – 3.51 pH
Alcohol: 13.5%
Harvest: September 15, 2015
Club Release:

Consume Now through 2025

 

Tasting Notes

“Deep yellow hue. Exotic scents of passionfruit, mango, papaya, and mandarin orange leap out of the glass. Upon further aeration, underlying notes of molasses, ripe fig, lemon meringue, and banana showcase the concentrated nature of the fruit. As these characters segue into the palate, notes of mango, molasses, and ripe fig persist. These old vines produce silky, oily, unctuous wines capable of pleasing the most particular taster. The rich mouthfeel is also very indicative of the rich clay soils, leading to a lengthy and pleasure-laden finish. Enjoy now through 2024.”

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Talley Family
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation:  Arroyo Grande Valley
Barrel Aging:   11.5months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 23% new
Production:  11 barrels
Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Acidity:   5.75g/L –  3.66 pH
Alcohol:  14%
Harvest:  October 2, 2014
Club Release:

Consume Now through 2024

 

Tasting Notes

“Medium straw hue. Scents of mango, coconut, peach, and pear unite in this engaging Chardonnay. These aromas carry over to the flavor profile along with a surge of dense caramel. Vibrancy, purity, and a bright palate give a brilliance to this wine while the finish is soft, lush, and loaded with caramel. Enjoy now through 2025.”

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Talley Family
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation:  Arroyo Grande Valley
Barrel Aging:   9.5 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 29% new
Production:  17 barrels
Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Acidity:   3.72 pH
Alcohol:  14.1%
Harvest:  October 9, 2013
Club Release:

Consume Now through 2025

 

Tasting Notes

“Rich yellow hue. Intense aromas of ripe apple, fig, mango, honey, and butterscotch unite in this harmonious offering. This Chardonnay only gets richer on the palate with expansive layers of apple, mango, honey, and butterscotch. Very hedonistic at this stage, and while the rich soil comes through in this wine, the cool climate maintains fresh aromas. The lingering, complex finish complements the old vines and careful winegrowing practices taken during the growing season. Enjoy now through 2022.”

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Talley Family
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation:  Arroyo Grande Valley
Barrel Aging:   11 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 17% new
Production:  12 barrels
Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Acidity:   7.38gL / 3.65 pH
Alcohol:  14.1%
Harvest:  October 17,2012
Club Release:

Consume Now through 2022

 

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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