"Medium yellow hue. Aromas of brioche, ripe apple, papaya, and grapefruit start off this multi-clonal Chardonnay from Fogstone vineyard. With air, additional notes of honey, kiwi, coconut, and caramel unite and flow right into the balanced flavor profile. Acidity is fresh and brisk, yet there is ample richness to balance this wine. This Chardonnay finishes with an enveloping and persistent path. Enjoy now through 2029."
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 our 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.
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Growers: Bret Sisney & Gary Filizetti Winemaker: Bill Brosseau Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands AVA Elevation/Exposure: 250 – 400 feet; East
Soil: Rocky, well drained loam
Vineyard Age: 27 years Viticulture Practice: Farmed Organic Vinification: Pressed Whole-cluster, fermented in French Oak Cooperage & Ageing: 21 months in 100% French Oak, 50% new Production: 20 barrels Composition: 100% Chardonnay (30% Clone 95, 35% Hudson Clone, 5% Hyde Clone, 10% Clone 15, 20% Clone 76) Acidity: 3.44 pH, 6.14 TA (g/L) Alcohol: 14.3% Harvest: October 5, 2020 Club Release: September 2022
Drink Now through 2029
94+ points, International Wine Review
"The hedonistic Fogstone Vineyard Chardonnay has always been one of our favorites, and the 2020 vintage doesn’t disappoint. It’s elegant with a lush, silky texture. Orchard fruit with hints of ripe mango and well-integrated oak are complemented by a sense of stony minerality. Finishes long and seamless. From 27-year-old vines of several different clones (mostly Hudson, 95, 76); matured 21 months in 50% new French oak."
93 points, Connoisseurs' Guide
"By a small margin our favorite in what is a very good 2020 line-up of Chardonnays from Testarossa, the Fogstone Vineyard bottling is a weighty but wonderfully well structured working that follows up its fleshy, slightly rounded palatal beginnings with plenty of firming acidity without ever once wavering in its ongoing expression of generous and juicy, optimally ripened fruit. It is a fully-packed wine of considerable richness and layering, yet it earns just as much applause for its balance and clear potential."
92 points, Wine Enthusiast
"Creamy and nutty aromas of salted cashew and butterscotch draw the nose into this bottling, but there is plenty of welcome restraint as well. Hazelnut shows briefly on the palate before Meyer lemon and wet stone flavors add complexity."