2018 Testarossa Chardonnay 'Fogstone Vineyard'
Santa Lucia Highlands, California
Fogstone Vineyard is owned by Bret Sisney and Gary Filizetti and is one of the northernmost estates in the Santa Lucia Highlands. It is on an east facing slope that rises from 200 feet to 500 feet as you go up the bench.
Originally planted in 1993 through 1997, Fogstone has thirty-five acres of Pinot Noir, utilizing seven different clones. It has thirty-six acres of Chardonnay consisting of 6 different clones. All seventy-one acres of Fogstone Vineyard are designated for Testarossa, making it one of Testarossa's few Monopole wines. The property’s close proximity to Monterey Bay makes for a very cool climate, with one of California’s longest growing seasons. The resulting slow, gentle ripening allows for full flavor development on the vine. Fogstone is one of Testarossa’s most innovative vineyard partners; Winemaker Bill Brosseau works very closely with the vineyard manager and directly oversees growing decisions.
93 points, Antonio Galloni's Vinous. "Light, bright yellow. Fresh tangerine, pear and honeydew aromas show fine definition and an energizing hint of chalky minerality. Fleshy and energetic on the palate, displaying nervy lift to the juicy citrus and orchard fruit flavors. Finishes sappy, focused and quite long, with a building floral nuance and an echo of juicy citrus fruits."