The 2018 Santa Clara Valley Pinot Noir is grown primarily on our own Sarah’s Vineyard blocks with some fruit coming from neighboring vineyards. We think it represents one of the great values in Pinot Noir from California.
Winemaker / proprietor Tim Slater recalls the harvest and cellar regimen: “2018 was an interesting year; an average warm growing season that suddenly cooled off in late August and stayed that way through the end of the year. We picked 2 weeks later than usual, with the Pinot Noir coming in on September 24th. The long, cool finish to the season preserved the bright red fruit characters so typical of our home estate and brought a lovely high toned floral note to the wine. 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 neutral French oak cooperage. The wine was bottled in August of 2019.
Rich Bing Cherry, raspberry, plum, and roses – our 2018 Santa Clara Valley Pinot Noir is a bouquet of red fruit and flowers. The bright red fruit aromas and flavors jump to the nose and palate with a hint of sage. 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 with a beurre blanc sauce, a simple roast chicken and grilled vegetables, or a pancetta-wrapped pork tenderloin. Enjoy now through 2024. ~ 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.