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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
ltration.

VINEYARDS

Clos de la Tech's ve Pinot Noirs come from three estate vineyards: Domaine du Docteur
Rodgers, Domaine Valeta and Domaine Lois Louise. Planted in 1999, Domaine Valeta sits on
a mountaintop in the Santa Cruz Mountains, 2,350 feet above the Silicon Valley. It is a
challenging site that endures wind, cold and the occasional snow. Of the property’s 30 acres,
only 3.5 acres are planted to vines. The soils are a mix of fractured weathered sandstone and
sandy loam and the clones include 113, 114, 115 and 777.

WINEMAKING

The fruit was hand harvested between August 27th and September 9th. After a 10-day 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 18 months and
bottled unfiltered.

TASTING NOTES

Our Sunny Slope vineyard may share the same vine spacing, clones, rootstocks, farming and
winemaking techniques as our other properties, but its wines are remarkably different. The
hallmark of Sunny Slope is its ethereal, high-toned nose of violets, plums and cedar. This
2014 is dense, structured, tannic, mouthfilling and age worthy

STATISTICS

Composition 100% Pinot Noir
Vineyard Domaine Valeta "Sunny Slope" Block
Barrel Aging 18 months in Francois Frères French oak barrels
pH 3.48
TA 0.68
Alcohol 14.5
Production 191 cases
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