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Sarah’s Vineyard spans across 20 hilly acres in a hidden southwestern corner of the Santa Clara Valley east of the Santa Cruz Mountains chain. Tucked at the eastern foot of Mount Madonna near a windy mountain pass, the dynamic coastal California weather patterns create a microclimate for growing Pinot Noir.
The original vineyard was planted in 1978 with Chardonnay, supplemented in 1989 with additional plantings of “Proprietary” clones of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. After purchasing the property in 2001, the Proprietor has planted several additional test plots of Pinot Noir, Viognier and Roussanne. These test plots have proved so successful that in 2006, another 5 acres of Pinot Noir was planted, using a double-secret blend of 115, 667, 777 and “Proprietary” clones. 2 more acres were dedicated to Roussanne, Vionier and Grenache. The Proprietor is very interested in the subtle differences between the various clones of Pinot Noir, and has designed the newer vineyards with combinations of clones that allow detailed investigation of their characteristics. Additional expansion is planned using cuttings from our “Proprietary” 1989 Pinot clones, which express a marvelous earthy, mushroom character.
Visitors are welcome and the tasting room is open 11-5 daily at 4005 Hecker Pass Highway, Gilroy, CA. 800-44-PINOT.
2005 Sarah’s Vineyard Estate Santa Clara Valley Pinot Noir
15.9% alc., 502 cases, $25. This is a historic property, founded in 1978 and planted to a variety of proprietary clones. · The grapes for this wine appear to have hung too long. An over ripe fruit character dominates the wine which displays burnt jam and raisin flavors. The nose offers the smell of ripe cherries, mushrooms, beets and a hint of alcohol. There is plenty of acid and a grapefruit flavor that mars an otherwise lingering finish. Reviewed August 4, 2008 ARTICLE »