Wine Spectator 90
"Well-framed, with a structured core of dried pear, apple pastry and apricot tart flavors. Shows plenty of spice and some buttery richness on the finish. Drink now through 2022."
Wine & Spirits 91
"Here’s an intriguing California take on chardonnay, its warmth showing in baked-pear scents and smoky notes of fresh corn tamales. The texture is luscious, with alcohol lifting the aromas, providing full richness and gentle harmony rather than any overt heat. It’s a big wine to serve chilled with roast veal."
"Our Santa Cruz Mountains’ Chardonnay under our “Appellation Series” label has become one of our most anticipated releases each year. In 2016, we sourced the fruit from the Bruzzone family’s vineyard in the Glen Canyon and Granite Creek watersheds of the Santa Cruz Mountains, just a few miles from Santa Cruz itself. Here the ancient raised - seabed soils and true Region I cool climate provide perfect conditions for growing world-class Chardonnay. In 2016, the drought that had affected the
Central Coast for years finally gave way to considerable winter rains. Yields for 2016 everywhere were light but the Chardonnay fruit arriving at the winery in mid-September was focused and clean, with full phenolic ripeness. After hand sorting, the free run and light press juice began primary fermentation, using yeast D254, in French barrels. Malo-lactic fermentation was induced. The wine was aged for ten months in small French oak cooperage, twenty-five percent of which was new wood. The lees were “stirred” in each barrel twice monthly. The S.V. SCM Chardonnay was bottled in early July of 2017; only 227 cases were
"Tropical fruit, citrus, and flowers – a gorgeous example of a great vineyard site paired to painstaking winemaking. On the nose, pineapple, pear, honeysuckle, and lemon are complemented by notes of almond and vanilla. These characters carry over to the palate, where they are joined by bright acidity and a light touch of oak. A perfect match with roast chicken, cream-sauced pastas, and flavorful cheeses. Enjoy now through 2020." ~ Winery Notes
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Before the Santa Clara Valley became known as "Silicon Valley," it boasted a 175-year history of winegrowing and wine production. Sarah's Vineyard is located in the foothills of Mount Madonna in the Santa Clara Valley and carries on that tradition. Here the Hecker Pass gives the cool site a perfect balance between warm and sunny days and cooling winds and fog from the Pacific Ocean. The 28-acre property (17.5 planted acres) is a labor of love for winegrower Tim Slater, a former DJ, musician and successful engineer with many patents to his name. At Sarah's Vineyard, he channels both his inner "mad scientist" and artistic side to grow and produce Pinot Noir and Chardonnay as well as Rhone varietals. The Sarah's Vineyard home estate is made up of three vineyards: the original plantings and the newer Timcat and Dwarf Oak blocks. He also partners with top growers for limited Sarah's Vineyard releases from neighboring Santa Cruz Mountains and Santa Lucia Highlands appellations.