Project Description

2017 Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay

Santa Cruz Mountains AVA

Tasting Notes

“Medium yellow hue. Dense aromas of ripe pear, fig, banana, hazelnut, walnut, and white peach. These same characteristics persist in the palate on top of a dense, unctuous profile. Modest acidity and a layered mouthfeel lead to a hedonistic experience. The smooth, intricate, and lingering finish gives way to a lively Chardonnay experience. Enjoy now through 2024.”

~Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

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2016 Vintage Review

91 points
Antonio Galloni

“Ripe honeydew melon, tangerine, vanilla and a hint of oyster shell on the intensely perfumed nose, with a subtle hint of leesiness emerging slowly. Juicy and seamless on the palate, offering Meyer lemon, honeydew and toasted brioche flavors that are accented by a smoky mineral nuance. Shows very good delineation on the persistent finish, which leaves vibrant mineral and floral notes behind.”

Production Data

Growers: Jim Landes and Fred Faltersack
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Santa Cruz Mountains AVA
Barrel Aging: 11 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 25% new
Production: 8 Barrels
Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Acidity: 5.05 g/L – 3.78 pH
Alcohol: 14.1%
Harvest: September 25, 2017
Club Release: February 6, 2019

Consume Now through 2024

Past Vintage Wine Scores

“Ripe honeydew melon, tangerine, vanilla and a hint of oyster shell on the intensely perfumed nose, with a subtle hint of leesiness emerging slowly. Juicy and seamless on the palate, offering Meyer lemon, honeydew and toasted brioche flavors that are accented by a smoky mineral nuance. Shows very good delineation on the persistent finish, which leaves vibrant mineral and floral notes behind.”

Antonio Galloni
Vinous Media
Josh Raynolds

Santa Cruz Mountains

Testarossa has been making a red blend from the Santa Cruz Mountains since 2008. It comes from the mountainous Santa Cruz Mountains appellation that has been home to our winery since 1888.  It consists of fruit from the Black Ridge Vineyard on the inland slope of the Santa Cruz Mountains just across the highway from the Lexington Reservoir. Cool night and warn sunny days allow for long, slow, full ripening of the fruit.

Past Vintages

Wine Production Data

Tasting Notes

“Pale straw color. Full aroma profile of apple, fig, mango, peach, as well as subtle notes of apricot and banana. These aromas are persistent on the palate and continue to expand with aeration. The texture is very pleasing with its plush, broad, and full dimension. This Chardonnay finishes strong with its smooth, bright, and lingering qualities. Enjoy now through 2026.”

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Jim Landes and Fred Faltersack
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Santa Cruz Mountains AVA
Barrel Aging: 10 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 35% new
Production: 108 cases
Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Acidity: 5.88 g/L – 3.75 pH
Alcohol: 14.1%
Harvest: September 22, 2016
Club Release: February 7, 2018

Consume Now through 2026

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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