Testarossa’s location at the historic Novitiate Winery in downtown Los Gatos, California, is both a state-of-the-art working winery and a truly dramatic setting for visitors. The old stone cellars and beautiful grounds of the state’s fourth oldest continuously operating winery. The old Novitiate Winery was originally built in 1888 by Jesuit Fathers and Brothers from Santa Clara College (now Santa Clara University); it was intended to help fund their new seminary college, built on the grounds the same year. The term Novitiate means ‘house of the novices’, the name used for seminary students. For nearly 100 years, the Jesuits made altar wines, as well as sweet, fortified wines at the Novitiate Winery. They were best known for their fortified Black Muscat dessert wine (similar to a tawny port), which was a perennial gold medal winner at the California State Fair. The original 19th Century, three-floor, gravity-flow winery is still in use today to make Testarossa wines.
Testarossa 2018 Pinot “Doctor’s Vineyard”
Santa Lucia Highlands
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Somm Journal 96 Points: “Deep red hue. Scents of chokecherry, pomegranate, sage, and jasmine start out the aroma profile. With some time, notes of orange zest and cherry cola flood the glass. Once on the palate, all of these qualities persist in unison along with dimensional and subtle textures. With modest acidity and balanced structure, this Pinot Noir should continue to slowly unravel its potential for this decade. Enjoy now through 2030."
FYI: Somm Journal is a group of Master Sommeliers around the world that give their honest, non-biased opinion
Vinous 94 Points: “Shimmering magenta. Fragrant red and blue fruit, potpourri, incense and vanilla scents are complemented by hints of cola and baking spices. Alluringly sweet and penetrating on the palate, offering spice-laced cherry cola, raspberry and floral pastille flavors and an undercurrent of smoky minerality. Fine-grained tannins frame and shape a sappy finish that lingers with strong persistence and a sweetening touch of vanilla. 57% new French oak.”
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