Project Description

2016 Santa Cruz Mountains “Mountain Select” Red Blend

Santa Cruz Mountains AVA

Tasting Notes

“Deep purple hue. Scents of blackberry, boysenberry, bing cherry, and sage jumpstart this red blend. With time, notes of ripe blueberry and currant give a pleasing touch. As this wine lands on the palate, these profiles persist and are met with cocoa. With modest acidity and concentrated, intricate tannins, this wine has a lot to offer now but even more later given its youthful and abundant finish. Enjoy now through 2030.”

~Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

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2015 Score

Editor’s Choice
“Hearty reds from the Santa Cruz Mountains are often rigid, but this is a hedonistic version, with ample black cherry, caramel, cracked pepper and herbs on the nose. It remains fresh and vibrant on the palate with candied cherry and vanilla flavors framed by bright acid and polished tannins.”

Matt Kettmann
Wine Enthusiast
November 2019

Production Data

Growers: Various
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Santa Cruz Mountains AVA
Barrel Aging: 35 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 79% new
Production: 24 barrels
Composition: 25% Cab Franc, 25% Merlot, 23% Cab Sauv, 15% Malbec, 12% Petit Verdot
Acidity: 3.49 pH, 6.67 TA (g/L)
Alcohol: 14.1%
Harvest: October 2016
Club Release: November 2019

Drink Now through 2030

Past Vintage Wine Scores

“Hearty reds from the Santa Cruz Mountains are often rigid, but this is a hedonistic version, with ample black cherry, caramel, cracked pepper and herbs on the nose. It remains fresh and vibrant on the palate with candied cherry and vanilla flavors framed by bright acid and polished tannins.”

Matt Kettmann
Wine Enthusiast
November 2019

“Deep ruby color; smooth and juicy with tangy blackberry and racy acidity; clean and lush with depth and style; a blend of all five Bordeaux varieties with Merlot in the lead.”

Anthony Dias Blue

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.  This red blend was formerly called Meritage, it is now called Mountain Select Red Blend. It is a full-bodied blend consisting 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. Due to the inherent concentration of this blend, we age it in barrel for up to 24-months so it can develop at a graceful pace, lending to the maximum complexity and enjoyment for years to come.

Past Vintages

Wine Production Data

Tasting Notes

“Deep purple red hue. Wonderful aromas brimming with cassis, boysenberry, loganberry, ripe cherry, ripe blueberry, and a hint of sage. Upon taste the fruit profile gain concentration and shows more spice notes of sage and anise. Youthful tannins and modest acidity paired with a long lingering finish lend this red blend to age gracefully for many years to come. Enjoy now through 2027.”

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Various
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Santa Cruz Mountains AVA
Barrel Aging: 30 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 41% new
Production: 24 barrels
Composition: 48% Cab Sauvignon, 25% Cab Franc, 18% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 4% Malbec
Acidity: 6.54 g/L – 3.6 pH
Alcohol: 14.1%
Harvest: October 2015
Club Release: November 7, 2018

Drink now through 2027

 

Tasting Notes

““Very dark red hue. Scents of blueberry, blackberry, and sage portray the initial aroma profile, followed by hints of cocoa, boysenberry, violet, sage, and sandalwood. Upon taste, the flavors concentrate around notes of sage, boysenberry, blackberry, and violets. Bright acidity and lively tannins give a youthful mouthfeel along with the voluptuous texture, providing immediate pleasure. This wine finishes with a long, expansive, and lingering expression. Enjoy now through 2025.””

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Name: 2014 Santa Cruz Mountains Red Wine

Growers: Various
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Santa Cruz Mountains AVA
Barrel Aging: 31 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 57% new
Production: 20 barrels
Composition: Merlot 55%, Cab Franc 20%, Cab Sauv 15%, Petit Verdot 7%, Malbec 3%
Acidity: 6.48 g/L – 3.46 pH
Alcohol: 14.4%
Harvest: Various
Club Release: October 2017

Drink Now through 2025

 

Tasting Notes

“Deep red hue.  Scents of boysenberry, blackberry, red cherry, pomegranate, sage, and lavender engulf both the nose and seamlessly into the palate.  The distinctive fusion of dark fruits, red fruits, and spice pair well with the firm, yet mouth-filling tannins.  Modest acidity maintains a fresh profile while not over-competing with the tannins.  This multi-varietal blend ends with a structured and youthful touch.  Enjoy now through 2024.”

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Name: 2013 Santa Cruz Mountains Meritage
Growers: Various
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Santa Cruz Mountains AVA
Barrel Aging: 32 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 71% new
Production: 7 barrels
Composition: 57% Cabernet Franc, 29% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot
Acidity: 7.17 g/L – 3.45 pH
Alcohol: 14.4%
Harvest: October 2013
Club Release: 

Drink Now through 2024

 

Tasting Notes

“Dark red color. Blackberry, boysenberry, currant, cocoa, and anise pair nicely in this dynamic Meritage blend. Flavors of blackberry, currant, and cocoa just ooze out into this lush, ’large and in charge,’ wine. Loads of viscosity and concentration from many months in the finest French oak barrels. There is a lot going on in this savory wine and will continue to deliver enjoyment for many years to come. Enjoy now through 2026.”

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Name: 2012 Santa Cruz Mountains Meritage
Growers: Various
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Santa Cruz Mountains AVA
Barrel Aging: 11 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 42% new
Production: 11 barrels
Composition: Cabernet Blend
Acidity: 6.62 g/L – 3.58 pH
Alcohol: 14.6%
Harvest: October 2012
Club Release: 

Drink Now through 2026

 

Tasting Notes

“Dark red color.  Scents of blackberry, blueberry, truffles, pomegranate, and cocoa make for a hedonistic start to this Meritage.  Upon aeration, notes of cream and custard unravel nicely into a very pure, yet refined palate.  Flavors of pomegranate, raspberry, boysenberry, and cranberry are accentuated by fresh acidity and fine tannins.  While restrained now on the finish, this wine should continue to become more expansive and lively in the texture over the near future.  Enjoy now through 2022.”

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Name: 2011 Santa Cruz Mountains Meritage
Growers: Various
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Santa Cruz Mountains AVA
Barrel Aging: 32 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 80% new
Production: 31 barrels
Composition: Cabernet Blend
Acidity: 3.63 pH
Alcohol: 14.6%
Harvest: November 2011
Club Release: 

Drink 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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