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2017 Domaine du Docteur Rodgers

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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.


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.


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.


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: "An exceptional vintage of this wine (⁕⁕⁕⁕⁕) ‒ It is rich, full bodied, well balanced, and complex in flavor (cherry, toast, mint, red currant, plum, red licorice, spicy oak), with a very long, persistent finish."


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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