Project Description

2016 Rincon Vineyard Chardonnay

Arroyo Grande AVA

2016 Testarossa Rincon Chardonnay bottle

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

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Smooth and elegant with lovely density and a core of crisp acidity; sourced from the famed Rincon Vineyard; ripe and rich but also showing excellent structure; long and nicely balanced.

Anthony Dias Blue
SOMM Journal
July 2018

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

Past Vintage Wine Scores

“As a bunch, the Testarossa Chardonnay contingent does not stint on richness, yet, while this one fully lives up to the family name in that regard, it exhibits a mannerly sense of refinement that sets it apart. It is full, it is deep and it is a wonderfully layered wine with the impeccable balance of one that is destined to age beautifully, and, while it is less flamboyant than some, it earns high praise for its precision, its grace and its eminently ageworthy crafting.”

Connoisseur’s Guide
May 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

“This single-vineyard exploration shows a more tropical side than the winery’s other Chardonnays. Rich, rounded notes of honeysuckle, lemon custard and apple cider characterize the nose. The palate is reserved compared to the showy aromas, with buttered peach and green-apple flavors.”

Wine Enthusiast

“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

“The 2011 Chardonnay Rincon Vineyard from Brian Talley’s vineyard in Arroyo Grande, is another standout. Lemon, white flowers, crushed rocks and sage are some of the many notes that flow from the glass in this utterly impeccable, gracious Chardonnay. The Rincon Chardonnay is a winner from Testarossa.”

Antonio Galloni – Vinous Media

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

“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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