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Testarossa Chardonnay Monterey Santa Barbara 2005

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Rich straw color. Upon viewing of the aromatics, scents of lemon, orange and cloves leap out of the glass. With further aeration, mineral and earthy aroma come to view. Hints of lemon and orange continue onto the palate where they are met with notes of nutmeg and crème brulee. Silky smooth, yet crisp with acidity, this wine should continue to age well for another 5-6 years. — Bill Brosseau, Winemaker 143 cases produced 93 pts Wine Enthusiast The coolness of the site and the vintage has yielded a young, tart wine that fans of big, fat Chards might find lean and austere. But it's a grand wine for Burgundy lovers. Acidity is high, and there's a stony minerality undergirding the citrus, wildflower and smoky oak flavors. This is one of those rare Chards that needs some time to come around. Best 2008-2011 -Steve Heimoff 90 pts Wine & Spirits There's an ocean-air breeziness to this Chardonnay. The oak shows first with caramel apple scents; given time, the fruit absorbs the oak to leave a lasting impression of fresh pear and brisk mineral notes. For seared Yellowtail. -Joshua Greene NOTE: We can only ship wine to the following states: AK, CA, CO, FL, IA, IL,KY, MI, MN, MO, NC, NH, NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, TX, VA, WA, WI

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Testarossa Vineyards:
Testarossa Winery, located in the historic Novitiate of Los Gatos, approximately sixty miles south of San Francisco, was founded by the husband and wife team of Rob and Diana Jensen. Leaving high-tech careers behind, they started Testarossa by producing 25 cases in their garage. Today, Testarossa produces over 15,000 cases annually, and we have earned hundreds of 90-point-plus scores on our win... Read more
Testarossa Winery, located in the historic Novitiate of Los Gatos, approximately sixty miles south of San Francisco, was founded by the husband and wife team of Rob and Diana Jensen. Leaving high-tech careers behind, they started Testarossa by producing 25 cases in their garage. Today, Testarossa produces over 15,000 cases annually, and we have earned hundreds of 90-point-plus scores on our wines from all the top wine publications. The name Testarossa (Italian for "red-head") was a nickname given to Rob when he was a university student in Italy. Read less
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Rich straw color. Upon viewing of the aromatics, scents of lemon, orange and cloves leap out of the glass. With further aeration, mineral and earthy aroma come to view. Hints of lemon and orange continue onto the palate where they are met with notes of nutmeg and crème brulee. Silky smooth, yet crisp with acidity, this wine should continue to age well for another 5-6 years. — Bill Brosseau, Winemaker 143 cases produced 93 pts Wine Enthusiast The coolness of the site and the vintage has yielded a young, tart wine that fans of big, fat Chards might find lean and austere. But it's a grand wine for Burgundy lovers. Acidity is high, and there's a stony minerality undergirding the citrus, wildflower and smoky oak flavors. This is one of those rare Chards that needs some time to come around. Best 2008-2011 -Steve Heimoff 90 pts Wine & Spirits There's an ocean-air breeziness to this Chardonnay. The oak shows first with caramel apple scents; given time, the fruit absorbs the oak to leave a lasting impression of fresh pear and brisk mineral notes. For seared Yellowtail. -Joshua Greene NOTE: We can only ship wine to the following states: AK, CA, CO, FL, IA, IL,KY, MI, MN, MO, NC, NH, NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, TX, VA, WA, WI

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