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.
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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... more
Dark red color. Opens up nicely with some cherry, cranberry, black pepper, and cloves. With further aeration, notes of lemon, orange, and papaya subtly come out into the open. Hints of cherry, black pepper, and cloves sail into the palate and are equally matched by some strawberry flavors. The... more
Medium yellow color. This Chardonnay exhibits an intriguing nose of butterscotch, caramel, peach sorbet, then followed-up with ripe fig, apricot and vanilla bean. The flavors are seamless expressions of the aroma profile and are paired with hints of passionfruit and guava. While the initial texture... more
Medium red color. Aromas of cherry, black pepper, and cloves jump readily out of the glass. Hints of anise, strawberry, and some citrus blossoms lie in the background. Flavors of cherry and black pepper carry through the palate of this wine. The texture of this wine is quite lush with soft,... more
Pale yellow color. Intense aromas of banana, fig, lemon, and honey jump readily out of the glass. With some aeration, vanilla bean and papaya become apparent. Upon taste, this
Chardonnay blend is crisp and lively, with flavors of citrus, tropical fruit, and creme brulee. This wine finishes with... more
Pale straw color. Initial aromas of honey, lemon, orange blossom, fig, and banana jump readily out of the glass.
Layers of citrus, honey, and creme brulee flavor the palate, surrounded by lively acidity. The finish starts subtle, yet focused then begins it's ascent to a lengthy, multi-dimensional... more
Dark red color. There are aromas of red cherry, raspberry,
vanilla bean, anise, and black pepper. This wine smells rich
and only gets better in the palate with ripe cherry and
strawberry flavors, wrapped around a spicy core. The plush
tannins and crisp acidity make this wine fresh today,... more
Aromas of fig, citrus, and honey start out and quickly transition into scents of cre`me brulee, banana, and peach. Flavors of peach and cre`me brulee continue through the palate into a silky, yet crisp mouthfeel. This wine is wrapped gently by French oak, and the mid-palate richness continues... more
Deep red color. Aromas of black pepper, vanilla, cherry,
and spice. Flavors of cherry, vanilla bean, and
blackberries. Fine tannins and crisp acidity wrap
around subtle hints of French oak leading to a lingering
and rich finish. more
Deep red color. Hints of dark cherry, clove, and vanilla. The mouthfeel leads with bright cherry and spice followed by supple tannin. The finish is long and rich. Should age well for 5 to 7 years.
- Bill Brosseau, Winemaker