Sarah's Vineyard

Founded in 1978 by Tim Slater, a retired software engineer, in a hidden corner of the southwestern Santa Clara Valley, Sarah’s Vineyard produces handmade wines using traditional techniques. Tucked in the Santa Cruz Mountain foothills near a windy mountain pass, the vineyard enjoys coastal microclimate of foggy mornings, sunny afternoons tempered by strong ocean breezes, and chilly nights that are ideal for premium Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Rhone varietals.

Estate Chardonnay

Hand harvested, whole cluster pressed, 100% barrel fermented in French oak, 33% new, aged sur lie for 7 months, battonage twice a month.

Vineyard Source: Bruzzoni Vineyard, Santa Cruz Mountains
Alcohol: 14.3%
Production: 143 cases

Reviews:

Anthony Dias Blue - The Tasting Panel 91 Points

From eccentric Silicon Valley scientist, engineer and inventor Tim Slater. Silky texture and crisp acidity, bright, elegant and long.

91 Points Wine Enthusiast

A rich nose of vanilla-bean ice cream, Marcona almond, buttered cornbread and pan-seared pear makes for a very inviting entry to this bottling. The vanilla and caramel flavors extend to the palate, but in a judiciously light way, with candied pecans, baked fruit and honeysuckle flavors, altogether quite delicious.

Price: Fl $224, 2cs $208
 
Central Coast Pinot Noir
Hand harvested, destemmed whole berry directly into the fermentor, cold soaked at 55 degrees until the onset of native fermentation, then inoculated and fermented to a peak temperature of 85 degrees, punched down by hand 3 times a day. 100% malolactic. Cooperage 100% French oak, 10% new for 11 months. Mercier, Francois Freres and Billon barr
els; Vosges and Allier forests. 2200 cases produced at 14.1%.
Reviews:
"This amazing wine can match up against wines double the price. Brawny red berries and wild cherries mix with cut sagebrush, eucalyptus and crushed graphite on the nose. The palate combines bright red, acid-driven raspberry fruit with the darker structure of elderberry. Throw in thyme and bay leaf for the complete package." (Wine Enthusiast - 12/16) Editors Choice 93 Points
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Estate Pinot Noir

Hand harvested, destemmed whole berry into 5 small clonal lots; each cold soaked at 55 degrees until the onset of a robust native fermentation, then inoculated and fermented at peak 80 degrees, punched down by hand 3 times a day - all techniques to maintain fruit aroma and flavor. 100% malolactic. Cooperage 100% French oak, 25% new for 11 months. Mercier, Francois Freres and Le Roi barrels; Vosges and Allier forests.

Alcohol - 14.2%

Cooperage -100% French: Francois Freres, Le Roi, Mercier

Production - 350 cases

Reviews:

Sarah's Vineyard 2014 Pinot Noir (Santa Cruz Mountains) - Wine Enthusiast 91 Points

Deeply brooding notes of crushed violets, rose petals, black cherries, thyme and sagebrush make for a manly take on this often feminine grape. Elderberry fruit shows on the palate, as do more violets and lilacs, dried mint, sagebrush, menthol and pine-needle flavors.

Price: Fl $176 2cs $168 3cs $160