2016 Testarossa Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay

SKU #1382563 90 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The outstanding 2016 Chardonnay Santa Lucia Highlands comes mostly from the Fogstone Vineyard and spent 12 months in 29% new French oak. It offers a ripe, toasty, full-bodied style as well as classic orchard fruits and brioche. With good to moderate acidity and plenty of fruit, it's a delicious Chardonnay to drink over the coming 3-4 years.  (10/2018)

90 points Vinous

 Light bright gold. Ripe peach, pear and pineapple aromas take on subtle vanilla and honey nuances as the wine opens up. In a ripe, fleshy style but not lacking for energy, offering gently sweet tropical and orchard fruit flavors that pick up a smoky note on the back half. Finishes smooth, seamless and long, with lingering sweetness and a touch of anise. Brawnier than its other regional siblings, delivering more weight and power. (JR)  (10/2018)

K&L Notes

Rob and Diana Jensen left successful careers in tech to focus full time on their winery that began as a small side project in their garage. Today the couple buys fruit from some of California's finest appellations including the Santa Lucia Highlands that was the source of this wine. According to director of winemaking Bill Brosseau the wine exhibits "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."

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, M√Ęcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
Specific Appellation:

Santa Lucia Highlands

Alcohol Content (%): 14.3