Project Description

2018 Tondre Grapefield Chardonnay

Santa Lucia Highlands AVA

Tasting Notes

“Medium yellow color. Brilliant aromas of kiwi, melon, grapefruit, and fig jump start this Chardonnay. After some time in the glass, secondary aromas of papaya, orange, marmalade, honey, banana, and watermelon round out the nose. Upon taste these characters remain while citrus and fig concentrate to become the primary flavors. Vibrant acidity and plush texture segue nicely to a bright, youthful, and nuanced ending. Enjoy now through 2027.”

~Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

To Be Released December 11th

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2017 Score

“This is a rich style of Chardonnay, full of buttercream on the nose, but also vibrant, with lime balm aromas. The palate’s chalky grip warms up toward toasty, buttery flavors, layered with apple pastry and sea salt elements.”

Matt Kettmann
Wine Enthusiast
November 2019

Production Data

Growers: Joe and Penny Alarid
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands AVA
Barrel Aging: 12 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 35% new
Production: 14 barrels
Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Acidity: 6.45 TA (g/L) – 3.27 pH
Alcohol: 14.3%
Harvest: September 21, 2018
Club Release: December 2019

Drink Now through 2027

Wine Scores

“This is a rich style of Chardonnay, full of buttercream on the nose, but also vibrant, with lime balm aromas. The palate’s chalky grip warms up toward toasty, buttery flavors, layered with apple pastry and sea salt elements.”

Matt Kettmann
Wine Enthusioast
November 2019

“Brilliant straw-yellow. An expressive bouquet evokes tangerine pear nectar jasmine and toasty lees while a dusty mineral nuance adds urgency. Potent orchard fruit and citrus pith flavors show very good definition and pick up a deeper nectarine element with aeration. Smoothly combines power and energy and closes very long and taut displaying vibrant mineral and honeysuckle qualities”.

Anthony Galloni
Josh Reynolds

“The 2015 Chardonnay Tondre Grapefield Vineyard delivers lemon curd, grapefruit and peach blossom notes with suggestions of baker’s yeast, orange blossoms and chalk dust. Medium-bodied, it has a great core of citrus fruit intensity and mineral layers, providing wonderful energy and verve, finishing long and zingy.”

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
Lisa Perrotti-Brown
September 29, 2017

“Lastly, the 2014 Tondre Grapefield Chardonnay is another rich, textured, even sexy, white that has a broad, expansive, medium to full-bodied style as well as superb notes of ripe orchard fruits, caramelized pineapple, spice and integrated oak. Possessing impressive purity, moderate acidity and a decadent style, I wouldn’t push the aging curve and would drink bottles over the coming 2-4 years.”

The Tondre Grapefield

Originally planted in 1997, the Tondre Grapefield is growing in popularity and recognition as well. Testarossa Winery has been making Tondre Grapefield Pinot Noir since 2012 and Chardonnay since 2014. Tondre is located directly in the center of the Santa Lucia Highlands just to the south of Soberanes and Garys’ Vineyards. Joe Alarid and his team hand-care for each vine where they have multiple clones planted within the 80 acres of Pinot Noir and 21 acres of Chardonnay.

Past Vintages

Wine Production Data

Tasting Notes

“Pale yellow hue. Bright aromas of pear, apple chutney, and fig followed by fresh notes of watermelon, melon, honeysuckle, and grapefruit. These elements segue to the palate seamlessly. The acidity, while present, is tamed by dense, and unctuous concentration. As this Chardonnay lingers, it exhibits smooth, silky, and seductive qualities. Enjoy this hedonistic wine from now through 2024.”

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Joe and Penny Alarid
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands AVA
Barrel Aging: 12 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 47% new
Production: 14 barrels
Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Acidity: 5.39 g/L – 3.38 pH
Alcohol: 14.3%
Harvest: September 9, 2017
Club Release: December 2018

Drink Now through 2024

Tasting Notes

“Pale straw color. Notes of fig, green apple, and kiwi comprise of the aroma profile. With added aeration, elements of crème brulee, caramel, vanilla bean, and papaya round out the nose. Upon taste, the flavors remain consistent, with apple and caramel leading the way. With viscous, yet delicate texture, this Chardonnay pleasures the palate with a lively and lovely finish. Enjoy now through 2025.”

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Joe and Penny Alarid
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands AVA
Barrel Aging: 10 months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 35% new
Production: 17 barrels
Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Acidity: 7.42 g/L – 3.34 pH
Alcohol: 14.2%
Harvest: September 14, 2016
Club Release: October 2017

Drink Now through 2025

Tasting Notes

“Straw hue. This relatively new addition to our Chardonnay line-up is showing great promise out the gates. Complex array of fruits ranging from kiwi, ripe grapefruit, papaya, banana, and all the way to apple, key lime pie, and pineapple notes. These characters segue gracefully into the palate and land peacefully on a creamy, custard backbone. While the texture is smooth, lush, and expansive, it is balanced by vibrant definition. The finish remains persistent, starting bright and fresh, followed by suppleness. Enjoy now through 2024.”

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Joe and Penny Alarid
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation:  Santa Lucia Highlands AVA
Barrel Aging:  10.5  months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak,  %33 new
Production:  12 barrels
Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Acidity:   6.73 g/L –   3.25 pH
Alcohol: 14.3 %
Harvest:  August 20, 2015
Club Release: October 2016

Drink Now through 2024

 

Tasting Notes

“Bright yellow hue.  Scents of ripe apple, nutmeg, kiwi, and grapefruit unite in this Tondre Chardonnay.  Some orange zest, guava, papaya, and lemon lay low in the background, which come out with some light aerations.  Flavors stay consistent on the palate and are framed by a brisk texture.  Generous acidity and vibrant tannins give this Chardonnay a wonderful, youthful focus while staying true to the site where it hails from.  Subtle notes of French oak ripple on the finish and give lasting pleasure.  Enjoy now through 2024.”

~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking

Production Data

Growers: Joe and Penny Alarid
Winemaker: Bill Brosseau
Appellation:  Santa Lucia Highlands AVA
Barrel Aging:  10.5  months
Cooperage: 100% French Oak,  %33 new
Production:  12 barrels
Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Acidity:   4.74g/L –   3.71pH
Alcohol: 14.4 %
Harvest:  September 23, 2014
Club Release:

Drink Now through 2024

 

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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