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
Clos de la Tech’s five Pinot Noirs come from three estate vineyards: Domaine du Docteur
Rodgers, Domaine Valeta and Domaine Lois Louise. Domaine Lois Louise is an extraordinarily steep, 240-acre property (35 acres currently planted) high atop the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA. The "Cote Sud" block clings to the treacherous south-facing slope on the estate.
Fully exposed and buffered by strong maritime winds, it features a thin layer of topsoil over
fractured rock and is planted to Dijon clones.
The fruit was hand harvested between September 9th and September 21st. 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 18
months and bottled unfiltered.
Cote Sud comes from an extremely steep, south-facing slope at our Lois Louise vineyard. The
aspect of the site ensures that each vine is exposed to the sun throughout the day. Our 2014
is a large wine that projects cherry, raspberry, sage, violet, cigar tobacco, cedar, and cassis. It is
tight, dense, structured and powerful. This profound Pinot will continue to blossom with
|Composition||100% Pinot Noir|
|Vineyard||Domaine Lois Louise "Cote Sud" Block|
|Barrel Aging||16 months in Francois Frères French oak barrels|