In 1993, Rob and Diana Jenson established Testarossa Vineyards. Testarossa is Italian for, “red head.” This was Rob’s nickname when he studied in Italy during college. Winemaker Bill Brosseau has access to grapes from some of California’s best vineyards.
These properties include Bien Nacido in Santa Maria Valley and Michaud Vineyard in Chalone. The Jensons also buy grapes from Sleepy Hollow Vineyard, Pisoni Vineyard, and Garys’ Vineyard, all of which are in the Santa Lucia Highlands. This is really just the tip of the iceberg, and Testarossa makes many other wines from different properties.
Rob and Diana have many interests and both have extensive experience in the high-tech industry of Silicon Valley. Both have also taken classes at UC Davis on winemaking, grape growing, chemistry, and the business side of the industry.
The 2004 Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir was made with grapes from a particularly favored block of in this legendary property. Planted in 1973, these Pinot vines are as old as the vineyard itself. This wine was aged in 50% new French oak for 14 months.
Some of Testarossa’s other recent Pinots include the 2005 Palazzio Pinot Noir, 2004 Brosseau Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2004 Garys’ Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2004 La Cruz Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2004 Pisoni Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2004 Rosella’s Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2004 Sanford & Benedict Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2004 Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir, 2004 Schultze Family Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2004 Sleepy Hollow Vineyard Pinot Noir, and 2004 Cuvee Niclaire Pinot Noir.
Their recent Chardonnays consist of the 2005 Castello Chardonnay, 2004 Castello Chardonnay, 2004 Bien Nacido Vineyard Chardonnay, 2004 Brosseau Vineyard Chardonnay, 2004 Rosella’s Vineyard Chardonnay, 2004 Sanford & Benedict Vineyard Chardonnay, 2004 Sleepy Hollow Vineyard Chardonnay, and 2004 Diana’s Reserve Chardonnay.