Testarossa Winery, located 60 miles south of San Francisco, was started by a husband and wife team who left tech careers and started making wine in their garage. Today they make about 15,000 cases a year.
We picked up two of their wines, a Pinot Noir and a Syrah, during the PLCB's monster clearance sale back in October. The Pinot had a pretty ruby color, a slight nose of pre-moldy raspberrys, a silky mouthfeel, and a spicy, oaky/smoky finish. The oak may put some off, but if you like that style of Pinot you will like this.
The shocker was the Syrah, which felt perfectly balanced, spicy, yet elegant and restrained. Our first thought upon tasting it was to wonder what we paid for it because it tasted like an expensive wine. We went back and checked and were astounded it was only $6.99. The Testarossa web site suggests a price of $34 a bottle, only 975 cases were made. Apparently that price didn't work out for them, but $6.99 is an insane value for this wine.
We will be looking for more from Testarossa.
Testarossa Syrah Subasio Vineyard 2006
Size: 750 ML