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Domaine du Docteur Rodgers

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OVERVIEW

With caves tunneling deep into a vine-covered ridge in the Santa Cruz Mountains and vineyards so steep they have to be farmed with a unique, specially-designed tractor moved by cables, Clos de la Tech is one of the most ambitious and innovative Pinot Noir producers in California. The winery was established in 1994 and continues to be operated by TJ Rodgers, founder and retired CEO of Cypress Semiconductor, and his wife, Valeta. Some of the highlights at Clos de la Tech include extreme growing conditions, high-altitude terrain, vine-by-vine farming, high-density planting (4,150 vines per acre), low yields, innovative equipment, gravity-flow winery, whole cluster fermentations with native yeast, and no filtration.

VINEYARDS

Clos de la Tech's five Pinot Noirs come from three estate vineyards: Domaine du Docteur Rodgers, Domaine Valeta, and Domaine Lois Louise. Domaine du Docteur Rodgers is a one-acre, rolling hilltop vineyard in the town of Woodside, along the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. It is a relatively cool, dry, protected site that consistently produces dramatically rich and concentrated Pinot Noirs.

WINEMAKING

The fruit was hand harvested between September 6th and 18th. After an extended cold soak, the grapes underwent traditional vinification methods including foot crushing, whole cluster fermentation with native yeast, malolactic fermentation on lees and gravity transfer (no pumping). The wine was aged in Francois Frères barrels (Bertrange Forest) for 16 months and bottled unfiltered.

TASTING NOTES

We call Domaine du Docteur Rodgers (DDR) our "rich, luscious Pinot Noir with a unique bouquet." The following tasting note is from the first sommelier to hold both the Master of Wine and Master Sommelier titles, Ronn Wiegand: "A classic version of the DDR wine and the best yet. It is a full bodied, supple, rich but well balanced Pinot Noir with firm structure, and a very long, persistent finish, tasting of cherry, menthol, eucalyptus, sage, chocolate mint, cedar, and tobacco. It is likely to be at its best between 2021 and 2025, or cellar properly for 10 years or more."

STATISTICS

Composition 100% Pinot Noir
Vineyard Domaine du Docteur Rodgers
Barrel Aging 16 months in Francois Frères French oak barrels (80% new)
pH 3.62
TA 0.59
Alcohol 13
Production 186 cases
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