Wine Enthusiast 90
"Aromas of rusty earth, baked red cherry, strawberry and dried herbs show on the nose of this bottling from the Gilroy area. Rounded red-cherry flavors meet with wild chaparral herbs on the tangy palate."
Wine Spectator 89
"Offers focused minerality, with saline hints to the dried red fruit and berry flavors. Chestnut and maple nuances emerge midpalate, leading to a finish of savory spice. Drink now through 2022." 9 California Pinot Noir Bargains -
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California Grapevine 90
"Medium-light ruby; pleasant, floral, cherry and raspberry fruit aroma with hints of forest floor and tobacco leaf; medium body; nicely balanced, moderately rich, red fruit flavors with a silky mouthfeel; medium tannin; lingering aftertaste. Easy and enjoyable to drink now and over the near term. Very highly recommended."
"Rich bing cherry, plum, and herbs – our 2017 Santa Clara Valley Pinot
Noir is a spicy fruit pie in a glass. The cherry and plum aromas and flavors
jump to the nose and palate. There’s an underlying savory current of
mushroom and soy sauce. A touch of vanilla bean and spice from the
barrels both fill out the “middle” and complete the long finish. Tim
suggests pairing to grilled salmon, a simple roast chicken, or a pancetta-
wrapped pork tenderloin. Enjoy now through 2023.
"This is the fourth vintage since our Santa Clara Valley Pinot Noir
“returned home” - grown completely on our own Sarah’s Vineyard
blocks. Previously, we had sourced fruit from top vineyards along the
Central Coast for this wine. Having complete “dirt to bottle” quality
control allows us to craft a wonderful Pinot while keeping the price
accessible. We think it represents one of the great values in Pinot Noir
from California. Tim’s 2017 vintage comments: “The growing season was
fairly ‘normal’ wtih decent winter rains and budbreak and bloom right on
target in the early spring. In our Pinot Noir blocks, the crop size was
typical; we carried out shoot-thinning early and dropped a bit of the crop
later to keep things focused. Overall, it was a very good year; fruit quality
at harvest was very high, with small berries and good color.” The grapes
were picked in early September. Pinot Noir clones 667, 777, 115, and a
proprietary Burgundian cultivar were all in the mix off our Sarah’s
blocks, each providing a unique color and flavor component.
After a cold soak, fermentation began using yeast RC212 in small,
open top bins. Manual punchdowns of the cap occurred three times
daily prior to the wine being pressed and “barreled down” for eleven
months aging in small French oak cooperage, ten percent of which was
new wood. The wine was bottled in August of 2018." ~ 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.