Testarossa Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay 2009
Chardonnay from Central Coast, California
Wine Style Guide
Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
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
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%.
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
"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."
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
White Wine's Queen Bee
Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different
soils and different climates. While frequently paired with
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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