Project Description

2016 Sanford & Benedict Vineyard Chardonnay

Sta. Rita Hills AVA

2016 Testarossa Sanford Benedict Chardonnay bottle

Tasting Notes

“Straw hue. Inviting scents of coconut, mango, crème brulee, fig, and kiwi unite in this lovely offering from the Sanford and Benedict Vineyard. With some air, notes of pineapple and passionfruit rise out of the glass as well. Upon taste these pleasing qualities grow in depth and enjoyment. The unctuous and layered palate continues to gain intensity on a lively and mineral-laden finish. Enjoy now through 2025.”

~Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

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“Very much hewing to the structural firmness that marks the best Chardonnays of its comparatively cool provenance and a wine that convincingly makes the case that richness and elevated acidity are by no means mutually exclusive, this solid and somewhat vibrant youngster teams lots of well-defined, fresh apple fruit with a tasteful measure of creamy oak and hints here and there at sweet blossoms and minerals. It is still a tad narrow and nervy at this point in its life, but it is neither hard-edged nor overly tart in character, and it has the depth, the balance and the essential fruity concentration of a Chardonnay that is certain to reward a few years of keeping.”

Connoisseur’s Guide
July, 2018

Production Data

Growers: Terlato Family
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Sta. Rita Hills AVA
Barrel Aging:  14 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 33% new
Production:  14 barrels
Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Acidity: 7.67 g/L – 3.15 pH
Alcohol: 14.2%
Harvest:  September 13, 2016
Club Release: June 2018

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The Sanford & Benedict Vineyard

Sanford & Benedict Vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills appellation is now back at Testarossa! Our first vintage from this outstanding vineyard was in 2004 when it was still under the guidance of famed Richard Sanford, pioneer of the Sta. Rita Hills appellation. In 2007 the Terlato family took ownership of the vineyard, making it one of several of their grape-growing properties including La Rinconada Vineyard just next door.  Testarossa currently receives 6 of 16 acres of Pinot Noir and 4 of 28 acres of Chardonnay produced from Sanford & Benedict Vineyard. This beautiful vineyard sits at just about 400 feet in elevation with a northern exposure, just southeast of Lompoc. The soil consists of well-drained gravelly loam mixed with clay and fragmented chert.

The area is situated near an unusual valley perpendicular to the coast that allows funneled winds between the mountains and the sea that is ideal for growing cool-climate varietals such as Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

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Wine Production Data

Tasting Notes


~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Terlato Family
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Sta. Rita Hills AVA
Barrel Aging:    months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak,  % new
Production:   barrels
Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Acidity:   g/L –  pH
Alcohol:  %
Harvest: , 2014
Club Release:

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