Testarossa Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay 2009

Chardonnay from Central Coast, California

$32.00 $22.95
Save $9.05
Item No. 110078
  • white wine
  • WE90
Style: Fruity & Smooth

Wine Style Guide

Light & Crisp

Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.

Fruity & Smooth

Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.

Rich & Creamy

Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.1%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.

Winemaker's 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. Drink now through 2015.

Critical Acclaim

"Wonderfully rich in citrus and tropical fruit flavors, with opulent oak notes of buttered toast and bright coastal acidity, this Chardonnay packs a lot of power. With a creamy texture, it defines California Chardonnay."
90 Points

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Alma Leon Reveles - San Francisco, CA (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(9/24/2011)
Style: Rich & Creamy
Four stars for great quality priced under $50. It delivers big bang for your $. Restrained and not over the top, but with the hallmarks of California Chardonnay. Oak, butter, and delicious oak spice on the palate. Fends off flabbiness with the required acidity. Drink now.
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Testarossa Vineyards, located in the historic 19th century Novitiate winery of Los Gatos, was founded in 1993 by husband and wife team of Rob and Diana Jensen. The name Testarossa (Italian for "red-head") was a nickname given to Rob Jensen when he was a university student in Italy. It was there, also, that the Jensens further developed their passion for good food and wine. Along with their winemaker, Ed Kurtzman, the Jensens are dedicated to making small lots of vineyard desgnated wines from only the best vineyards in the cool, ocean-influenced counties of Monterey, Santa Barbara and Sonoma.

Learn About Central Coast

The largest of California's wine growing regions, the Central Coast produces the majority of California's wine. The district sprawls out, covering most of the vineyard land between San Francisco and Santa Barbara. Smaller sub-AVAs of the Central Coast include Monterey Bay, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains and many others. Notable Facts...

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Learn About Chardonnay

Chardonnay (shar-dawn-AY) White Wine's Queen Bee Like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different soils and different climates. While frequently paired with California, its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy, France. The only major white grape of the region, Chardonnay is at its best on the rolling...

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