Project Description

2017 Santa Rita Hills Chardonnay

Sta. Rita Hills AVA

Tasting Notes

“Pale straw hue. Concentrated scents of passionfruit, mango, coconut, pineapple are met with notes of lemon custard, grapefruit, and vanilla bean. These lively characters sail into the mouthfeel, which has some tension, further accentuated by the bright and zingy acidity. While young and fresh on the finish, this vibrant Chardonnay still has many years to age gracefully. Enjoy now through 2025.”

~Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

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2017 Vintage Review

92 points
Anthony Dias Blue

“Bright, toasty nose; silky and elegant; fresh, smooth and classic; balanced, long and refined.”

Anthony Dias Blue
The SOMM Journal

May 2019

Production Data

Growers: Various
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Sta. Rita Hills
Barrel Aging: 14 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 10%new
Production: 1,000 cases
Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Acidity: 5.92 g/L – 3.44 pH
Alcohol: 14.3%
Harvest: Various
Club Release: February 6, 2019

Consume Now through 2025

Past Vintage Wine Scores

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Anthony Dias Blue

“Delicious cherry and plum are the hallmark of this single appellation wine. It is nicely balanced with good density, high acidity and a crisp finish.”

International Wine Review
October 22, 2017

“This appellation blend provides a great representation of the region, with lavish and rich aromas of vanilla bean, clove, dried blueberry paste and zesty chaparral herbs. A fine line of wet gravel and cement minerality centers the palate, with lilac, lavender, clay and turned-earth components alongside richer black-cherry fruit. ”

Wine Enthusiast
Matt Kettmann
December 31, 2016
Full Review

“The Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir is rich and perfumy with a creamy mouth feel, good acidity, and plum and dark cherry flavors. It is nicely balanced with good acidity and a crisp finish.”

International Wine Review

Sta. Rita Hills

The Santa Rita Hills appellation is one the unique places where the valleys run east-west opening up toward the Pacific Ocean near Lompoc in Santa Barbara County.  The valley is nestled between the Purisima Hills and the Santa Rosa Hills with the Santa Ynez river running through it. Fog and cool, ocean breezes coupled with wind and soils that limit vine vigor add to intense flavor in cool climate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Testarossa has been making wine from the Santa Rita Hills since 2004.

Past Vintages

Wine Production Data

Tasting Notes

“Deep red color. Nice aromas of cherry, cranberry, orange zest along with some vanilla bean and marmalade jam. These intriguing and pleasing aromas continue in the palate. This wine has bright, lively acidity and modest, precise tannins. These fine grain tannins and youthful profile finish intricately on this hedonistic Pinot Noir. Enjoy now through 2026”

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Various
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Sta. Rita Hills
Barrel Aging: 13 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 70%new
Production: 139 cases
Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Acidity: 5.66 g/L – 3.41 pH
Alcohol: 14.1%
Harvest: September 27, 2016
Club Release: February 7, 2018

Consume Now through 2026

Tasting Notes

“Medium Straw hue.  Tempting scents of butterscotch, passionfruit, cloves, peach, and apricot grab your attention first.  Then followed by subtle nuances of banana, kiwi, vanilla bean, ripe grapefruit, and ripe apple.  Once landing on the palate, flavors concentrate towards ripe grapefruit, vanilla bean, banana, ripe apple, and white peach.  This Chardonnay is one of our more brisk white wines we produce, also exhibiting some firmness and a bit of youthful tension.  As it unravels, the finish becomes crisp, mouth-watering, and an ending splash of crème brulee.  Enjoy now through 2023.”

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Various
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation:  Santa Rita Hills
Barrel Aging:  10.5 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 39 % new
Production:
Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Acidity:   6.11 g/L –  3.53 pH
Alcohol:
Harvest:  Various

Consume Now through 2023

 

Tasting Notes

“Medium yellow hue. Wonderful scents of brioche, mango grapefruit, lemon custard and violets. Upon taste, the aroma profile segues nicely, with mango being the focal point in the palate. Bright acidity keeps the wine vibrant and refreshing, while focusing the wine into a trim, mineral-laden finish. Intricate and subtle are the lasting impressions of this fine offering. Enjoy now through 2023.”

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Various
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation:  Santa Rita Hills
Barrel Aging:  11 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 29 % new
Production:  844 cases
Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Acidity:   6.2 g/L –  3.57 pH
Alcohol:  14.4%
Harvest:  Various

Consume Now through 2023

 

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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