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2017 Santa Cruz Mountains Estates

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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 (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.


The fruit was hand harvested between September 12th and 27th. 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.


Santa Cruz Mountains Estates. Ronn Wiegand: "An outstanding wine (⁕⁕⁕⁕*). Full bodied, richly flavored, and still slightly tannic. It has excellent depth, good balance, and a very long finish, with aromas/flavors reminiscent of cherry, plum, rose petal, red licorice, vanilla, and cedar." Decant one hour before drinking.


Composition 100% Pinot Noir
Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountain Estates
Barrel Aging 18 months in Francois Frères French oak barrels (81% new)
pH 3.49
TA 0.63
Alcohol 13.5
Production 1478 cases
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