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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 (1 acre, hand-farmed site in Woodside), Domaine Valeta (3.5 acres, 2,350 feet above
sea level in the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA) and Domaine Lois Louise (an extraordinarily
steep, ocean-exposed, 240-acre property in the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA). The fruit for the
“Santa Cruz Mountains Estates” comes primarily from steep, south-facing hillsides. Low yields
(less than two tons per acre) and coastal weather conditions conspired to create a wine with
incredible depth and power

WINEMAKING

The fruit was hand harvested between September 9th and the 21st. 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

While our SCME is consistently our most accessible wine each year, this 2014 is still
impressively dark, bold and structured. The wine starts with cherries, rose petal and raspberry
and finishes with earth, leather and oak. It is pure, dense and tannic. As with previous
vintages, this is one serious Pinot Noir that will gain texture and complexity over the next
decade.

STATISTICS

Composition 100% Pinot Noir
Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountain Estates
Barrel Aging 18 months in Francois Frères French oak barrels
pH 3.54
TA 0.65
Alcohol 14.2
Production 1167 cases
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