Testarossa Winery

Santa Lucia Highlands AVA

One of Santa Lucia Highlands’ most reputable wineries with literally hundreds of 90+ Point Scores

Testarossa Winery is regularly recognized for its outstanding wines and today stands as the Bay Area’s oldest continuously operating winery. Testarossa’s founders are Rob and Diana Jensen, both California natives who met as engineering students at Santa Clara University. Rob also minored in Italian language and culture and spent two summers studying in Italy. It’s here that he earned the nickname Testarossa, Italian for redhead, and the name has been sentimental to him ever since.

After graduating, Rob and Diana both entered the high-tech world in Silicon Valley - Rob holding several sales and marketing positions and Diana taking on marketing roles. As challenging and rewarding as their jobs were, it wasn’t long before they yearned for something else.

Rob and Diana began experimenting with home winemaking in their Sunnyvale garage and in 1993, they made one 60 gallon barrel of wine with a small, traditional wooden press (today, that same press is on display in their Tasting Room!). The hobby turned into a weekend activity and they planted two dozen grapevines in the backyard to start teaching themselves the tricks and techniques of viticulture.

To further their wine knowledge, Rob and Diana took all the Viticulture and Enology classes they could at the nearby world famous UC Davis campus. They also spent time volunteering at the Santa Cruz Mountains’ Cinnabar Winery and made friends with winemaker George Troquato.

By 1994, just a year later, Testarossa Winery became a reality. Diana started working full time at the winery, running the day-to-day operation and securing vineyard sources for premium wine grapes. Testarossa made their first official wine, a 1994 Chardonnay, that went on to receive 91 POINTS from both Wine Spectator and Connoisseurs’ Guide - not bad for a first release!

By 1996, Rob and Diana moved their business to the old historic Novitiate Winery (pronounced no-vish-ut) in downtown Los Gatos. Originally built in 1888, it is the oldest winery in the Bay Area.

Since its inception, Testarossa has received (and continues to receive) such outstanding honors as Top 100, Top 10, Top Wines of the Year, and incredibly, hundreds of 90-Plus-Point scores. One of their Pinot Noirs was even named the Top Pinot Noir in the World by Wine Enthusiast in 2001.

The Jensens love making their handcrafted Pinot Noirs and couldn’t be happier living their American Dream. Cheers to them.

Featured Wines

Dear Platinum Wine Club Members,

Thank you for inviting Testarossa Winery to be a part of Gold Medal Wine Club’s Platinum Wine Club. When my wife, Diana, and I started Testarossa Winery in our Silicon Valley garage 23 years ago we never dreamed we would have so much fun sharing our passion with so many wonderful people. This has truly grown to be a labor of love.

It’s with great pleasure we share with you our 2013 Testarossa Dos Rubios Vineyard Pinot Noir from the Santa Lucia Highlands in Monterey County. Dos Rubios is toward the southern end of the Highlands, an appellation we believe to be one of the best for Pinot Noir in the world. The 2013’s for this area are showing particularly well, with a lush expression of fruit and deep character. While it is drinking beautifully now, you can expect to enjoy this wine for many years to come.

I’d like to thank Director of Winemaking Bill Brosseau and our production team for their diligent work in crafting this true expression of what the Santa Lucia Highlands is known for, lush and expansive fruit with a long, lingering finish.

With gratitude, from our family to yours,

Rob Jensen
Testarossa Winery

About the Vineyard

Testarossa Winery sources fruit from over a dozen world-class California Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah vineyards, making each vintage of wine consistently outstanding. By partnering with passionate growers from only the finest growing regions (including Santa Lucia Highlands, Sta. Rita Hills, Sonoma Coast, and Santa Maria Valley) Testarossa ensures their releases are of premium quality and only made in limited quantities. These are top-of-the-line wines, and seriously hard-to-find.

The 2010 Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir, comes from three vineyards (Doctor’s, Dos Rubios, and Fogstone Estates) and shows off why this cool-climate appellation is second-to-none in producing top-notch Pinot Noir. The rugged terrain, maritime breezes, and ocean fog provide a long growing season which ensures fully developed fruit and ripe flavors. Currently there are 5,900 acres planted in SLH, mostly to the Burgundian Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Bill Brosseau - Winemaker

Testarossa’s winemaker, Bill Brosseau, got his start working as an Enologist for the winery in 2000. Recognizing his expertise and skill with Burgundian winemaking techniques, Bill was quickly promoted to winemaker.

Before coming to Testarossa, Bill worked in the cellars of Chalone Vineyard and then as a Lab Director for Napa’s Pine Ridge Winery. He also gained extensive viticultural experience managing his family’s Brosseau Estate Vineyard, located high above the cool, breezy Salinas Valley in the heart of the Chalone Appellation.

‘I feel this is one of my great contributions to Testarossa, as we source fruit from different areas,” Bill offered. ‘Being able to understand our individual vineyards is vital if we want to maintain a competitive edge.”

When Bill is not at the winery, he is most likely spending time with his wife Kilene and their three children.