Project Description

Testarossa Works Series
2018 Sanford & Benedict Vineyard Pinot Noir Clonals

Santa Rita Hills AVA

Clone 2A

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Tasting Notes

“Deep red hue. Aromas of cherry, raspberry, pomegranate, and ripe cranberry leap out of the glass. Upon swirling, the wine emits pleasing secondary notes of cloves, anise, and cola. These profiles persist on the palate and are amplified by notes of blackberry. This Pinot Noir exhibits incredible structure and balance, along with modest acidity. This wine finishes well with intricacy and persistence. Enjoy now through 2027”

~Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Terlato Family
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Sta. Rita Hills AVA
Soil: Santa Lucia shaly clay loam and Botella clay loam with fragmented chert
Barrel Aging:  15 months
Cooperage: 100% Neutral French Oak
Production:  2 barrels
Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Clone: 2A
Acidity: 6.41 TA (g/L) – 3.26 pH
Alcohol: 14.3%
Harvest:  October 10, 2018
Club Release: September 2020

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Clone 828

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Tasting Notes

“Dark red hue. Brilliant scents of jasmine, pomegranate, boysenberry, blackberry, and ripe cranberry. Upon taste, flavors of remain consistent with the aroma profile and are matched by silky tannins. Vibrant acidity flows into the smooth, fresh finish on this lovely Pinot Noir. Enjoy now through 2026.”

~Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Terlato Family
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Sta. Rita Hills AVA
Soil: Santa Lucia shaly clay loam and Botella clay loam with fragmented chert
Barrel Aging:  15 months
Cooperage: 100% Neutral French Oak
Production:  2 barrels
Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Clone: 828
Acidity: 7.61 TA (g/L) – 3.10 pH
Alcohol: 14.3%
Harvest:  October 1, 2018
Club Release: September 2020

Drink Now through 2026

Clone 943

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Tasting Notes

“Dark red hue. Engaging scents of roasted cherry, strawberry, cola, rhubarb, and ripe cherry make for a great first impression. Once on the palate, flavors of roasted red fruits persist. The texture is extremely dense and offers silky tannins. With modest acidity and a fresh taste, this long and lingering Pinot Noir will dazzle you for many years to come. Enjoy now through 2028”

~Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Terlato Family
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Sta. Rita Hills AVA
Soil: Santa Lucia shaly clay loam and Botella clay loam with fragmented chert
Barrel Aging:  15 months
Cooperage: 100% Neutral French Oak
Production:  2 barrels
Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Clone: 943
Acidity: 6.45 TA (g/L) – 3.22 pH
Alcohol: 14.3%
Harvest:  October 1, 2018
Club Release: September 2020

Drink Now through 2028

2018 Sanford & Benedict Clonal 3-Bottle Pack

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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.

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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