Testarossa Debuts New Pinot Noir and Chardonnay

Testarossa Winery’s Rob and Diana Jensen have released their first ever “Dos Rubios Vineyard” Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The Dos Rubios property is located in the Santa Lucia Highlands appellation. These debut bottlings represent a new chapter in Testarossa’s role as one of California’s best known producers of small lot, vineyard specific Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Testarossa Director of Winemaking Bill Brosseau worked directly with respected SLH grower Kirk Williams in the design and installation of Dos Rubios. Every aspect of the Dos Rubios Vineyard project was laid out by Bill; it is the culmination of his twenty-plus years’ experience in Central Coast winegrowing. The row spacing, vine density, rootstocks, and clones were chosen by Bill to perfectly match the site. The farming regimens, from trellising, to water management, to the organic practices are all under Testarossa’s direction. Bill comments that “it was an exciting opportunity: being allowed to design a new vineyard from the ground up, in one of California’s most famous appellations.”

Bill Brosseau continues: “From ‘the dirt to the bottle,’ we have complete control over every step of the process. Dos Rubios represents the ‘next generation’ vineyard where wine quality was reversed engineered, thanks to Kirk and Rob’s interest to go above status quo. Our philosophy of ‘pay now’ (with passion and investment) versus ‘pay later’ (having to overhaul a tired, over-worked vineyard), allowed us to collaboratively work with Kirk to spare no expense on details of the install.”

Like Testarossa (Italian for “redhead”), “rubio” is the Latin America term for folks with red or blonde hair. The name “Dos Rubios” represents the vineyard partnership of proprietor Rob Jensen and grower Kirk Williams, both fair-haired. The designation was also chosen to show the winery’s respect for the innumerable farm workers of Hispanic descent who make up the backbone of the California wine industry. The Dos Rubios Vineyard is located in the heart of the cool climate, Santa Lucia Highlands appellation. The twenty-six acre property is planted to four Pinot Noir clones (Pommard 4, 667, 115, 37-Mt.Eden) and two clones of Chardonnay (17, 76).

Only 183 cases were made of the Testarossa 2010 “Dos Rubios Vineyard” Chardonnay. It retails for $39. For the 2010 Testarossa “Dos Rubios Vineyard” Pinot Noir, 247 cases were produced. The Pinot Noir retails for $54. Both wines are currently only available in the Testarossa Winery Tasting Room and to Testarossa wine club members.

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