Project Description

2017 Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay

Santa Lucia Highlands AVA

Tasting Notes

“Medium yellow hue. Fragrant scents of kiwi, lemon, coconut and custard leap out of the glass. With some air, secondary notes of ripe banana, grapefruit, melon, and apple round out the aroma profile. All of these qualities unite seamlessly on the palate with vibrant acidity, density of texture, and lushness. This hedonistic trend continues on the refreshing and lingering finish. Enjoy now through 2025.”

~Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

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Smooth, lush and juicy with ripe style and firm acid structure; vanilla oak and silky pear fruit, balanced and long.

Anthony Dias Blue
The SOMM Journal
April 2019

Production Data

Growers: Various
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands
Barrel Aging: 15 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 29%new
Production: 1,706 cases
Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Acidity: 7.42 g/L – 3.34 pH
Alcohol: 14.1%
Harvest: Various
Club Release: July 17, 2019

Consume Now through 2025

Past Vintage Wine Scores

“Bright golden color; smooth and lush with toasty notes and racy acidity; ripe and juicy, rich and tangy, balance.”

Anthony Dias Blue
SOMM Journal
June 2018

“Silky and elegant with bright, juicy fruit; crisp and smooth, subtle and refined.”

Anthony Dias Blue
The SOMM Journal

“Bright yellow-gold. Deep-pitched aromas of poached pear, white peach and honey gain vivacity from a lemon zest accent. Smooth, supple and broad in style, offering pliant, smoke-tinged orchard and pit fruit flavors that tighten up slowly in the midpalate. Smoothly blends richness and vivacity and finishes sappy and long; a dusty mineral quality lends focus and cut.”

Antonio Galloni
Vinous Media
Josh Raynolds

Oct 2016

“Almost as good as some of the winery’s best single-vineyard bottlings, this wine has a tremendous nose that offers tangerine blossom, pink grapefruit skin, sea salt and toast around a line of graphite. The palate presents juicy nectarine and ripe citrus alongside yeasty sizzle, salt and a chalk minerality.”

Wine Enthusiast

“The 2012 Chardonnay Santa Lucia Highlands, which comes from the Fogstone and Lone Oak Vineyards, offers an outstanding array of ripe apple fruits, crème and hints of butterscotch to go with a medium to full-bodied, rounded, supple style that stays fresh and clean. Aged ten months in 16% new French oak, it’s a beautiful, classy Chardonnay to drink over the coming couple of years.”

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

“While Testarossa specializes in single-vineyard wines, this basic appellation blend is solid. It’s crisp in acidity and amply oaked, with powerful pineapple and peach jam, buttered toast and sweet vanilla flavors. This wine calls for dramatic Chardonnay fare, such as lobster and crab.”

Wine Enthusiast

Santa Lucia Highlands

Working closely with the top vineyards in the Santa Lucia Highlands’ appellation, Testarossa has produced yet another distinctive vintage of this highly anticipated Chardonnay. The Highlands is one of the state’s best known regions for world-class Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The area’s close proximity to Monterey Bay makes for a very cool climate, with one of California’s longest growing seasons. The resulting slow, gentle ripening allows for full flavor development on the vine. Testarossa’s production team’s partnership with the best estates in the Santa Lucia Highlands ensure only the highest quality fruit makes it to the winery.

Past Vintages

Wine Production Data

Tasting Notes

“Straw hue. Engaging scents of fig, apricot, and grapefruit, followed by elements of butterscotch, vanilla bean, and crème brulee. Upon taste, these qualities unite harmoniously around youthful texture, bright acidity, and an expansive mouthfeel. This Chardonnay Appellation blend ends with a fresh and long finish. Enjoy now through 2025.”

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Various
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation:  Santa Lucia Highlands
Barrel Aging:  12 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 29% new
Production: 2,000 cases
Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Acidity: 6.76 g/L – 3.23 pH
Alcohol: 14.3%
Harvest: September 2016

Consume Now through 2025

 

Tasting Notes

“Vibrant straw hue. Notes of crème brulee, orange, lemon, ginger, apple, white peach, and nectarine make for a seductive aroma profile. These characters persist and are intensified by the citrus notes which are true to the local terroir. The texture is both creamy and zesty with acidity. It finishes with a bright, lively, lush, and hedonistic end. Enjoy now through 2023.”

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Various
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation:  Santa Lucia Highlands
Barrel Aging:  10.5 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 33 % new
Production:  6,603 cases
Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Acidity:   6.79 g/L –  3.34 pH
Alcohol:  14.4%
Harvest:  September 2015

Consume Now through 2023

 

Tasting Notes

“Brilliant yellow hue. Lovely scents of fig, apricot, grapefruit, and lemon lead the profile while notes of honey, cloves, and dried herbs add subtle complexity. Upon taste there is a rush of lemon meringue, apricot, and honey. Vibrant acidity, yet silky texture, counter-balance each other, ending in a custard-like richness to this blend. There is a soulful and engaging element to the finish of the wine, which keeps the taster coming back for more. Enjoy now through 2022.”

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Various
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation:  Santa Lucia Highlands
Barrel Aging:  months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, % new
Production:  6,675 cases
Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Acidity:   g/L –   pH
Alcohol:  14.3%
Harvest:  September 2014

Consume Now through 2022

 

Tasting Notes

“Pale straw color.  Scents of green apple, custard, honey, butterscotch, and orange blossoms make for an engaging first impression.  Vibrant flavors match the aroma profile, and are lengthened by the slightest touch of oak spice.  The wine finishes with nice acidity and a refreshing texture.  Drink now through 2019.”

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Various
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation:  Santa Lucia Highlands
Barrel Aging:  months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, % new
Production:  5,286 cases
Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Acidity:   g/L –   pH
Alcohol:  14.23%
Harvest:  September 2013

Consume Now through 2019

 

Tasting Notes

“Medium straw hue. Scents of honey, citrus, and butterscotch leap out of the glass. Hints of apple and banana round out the aroma profile. Flavors focus into citrus, honey, and butterscotch in this youthful Chardonnay. The palate is vibrant and well focused by subtle notes of French oak. The finish starts lively, then fades slowly while getting richer. Drink now through 2017.”

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Various
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation:  Santa Lucia Highlands
Barrel Aging:  11 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 15% new
Production:  2,543 cases
Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Acidity:    7.45g/L –   pH
Alcohol: 14.2 %
Harvest:  September 2012

Consume Now through 2017

 

Tasting Notes

“Medium yellow color. Aromas of citrus, ripe fig, honey, butterscotch, and caramel jump readily out of the glass. Upon taste, the aroma profile leads seamlessly into flavors of the same character. The acidity is finely paired with a silky texture, leading to a hedonistic experience. This Chardonnay from Santa Lucia Highlands shows how well each vineyard can compliment and enhance a blend. Drink now through 2015.”

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Various
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation:  Santa Lucia Highlands
Barrel Aging:  months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, % new
Production:  cases
Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Acidity:    g/L –   pH
Alcohol: 14.1 %
Harvest:  September 2011

Consume Now through 2015

 

Tasting Notes

“Our 2010 SLH release is a striking example of Chardonnay from the Highlands. I really love the rich fruit character of this wine and how the oak component complements but never overpowers. This delicious wine can go with just about anything – chicken, seafood, cream-sauced pastas.”

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Various
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation:  Santa Lucia Highlands
Barrel Aging:  10 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 35% new
Production:  1,380 cases
Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Acidity:   g/L –   pH
Alcohol: 14.1 %
Harvest:  September 2010

 

Tasting Notes

“Pale yellow color. Aromas of fig, honey, butterscotch, orange blossoms, and vanilla bean first come to mind in this first ever Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay. Upon taste, elements of fig, apple, and citrus freshen up the palate. The texture is well focused and has lively acidity. The finish of the wine is smooth and supple leading to immediate enjoyment. ”

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Various
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation:  Santa Lucia Highlands
Barrel Aging:  10 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 35 % new
Production:  2,194 cases
Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Acidity:   g/L –  pH
Alcohol:  14.1%
Harvest:  September 2009

 

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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