Wine Spectator 93
"Exhibits a refined mix of dusty, loamy earth and spicy black berry and licorice flavors. Continues to impress, with subtle fruit shadings and nuances." 4/30/2018
Wine Enthusiast 89
"Standard red-fruit aromas meet with cola and sandalwood on the nose of this bottling. The palate proves more interesting, with aromatic potpourri and lavender flavors as well as snappy raspberry fruit."
"This delicious Pinot Nor offers a fruity dark red and plum nose and a spicy and silky mouth feel. Although It reveals pure flavor, it is somewhat modest and restrained on the palate. Not as complex as some Pinot Noirs, but savory."
"Estate grown on Dwarf Oak Vineyard. Clones 667, 777, 115 and “DRC.” 100% destemmed and whole berry native and inoculated yeast fermented in small lots, punched down by hand, and aged 11 months in French oak barrels, 10% new. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. A lighter weight offering, with pleasing aromas of cherry, raspberry, sandalwood and forest path, and flavors of confected cherry drop, raspberry and brown spice. Clean and harmonious, with gentle tannins, gossamer oak, and some finish. Easy to like and a very good value."
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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.