Cool Climate “Mt. Madonna” District, Perfect for Winegrowing. And While The Focus Is On Great Pinot Noir & Chardonnay, The Classic Rhone Varietals Thrive Here, As Well...
The Sarah’s Vineyard estate is a labor of love for proprietor / winegrower Tim Slater. The property occupies 18 acres in the cool climate “Mt. Madonna ” district of the southern Santa Cruz Mountains range. Here in historic Hecker Pass, chilling winds and fog off nearby Monterey Bay mitigate the sunny daytime temperatures and extend hang time. Perfect conditions for growing world class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
The S.V. home estate is made up of three vineyards: the original Sarah’s plantings and the newer “Timcat” and “Dwarf Oak” blocks. And while the Burgundian varietals may be S.V.’s claim to fame, Tim also cultivates his interest in the traditional Rhone varietals, with plantings of Grenache, Viognier, Roussanne, Grenache Blanc, Piquepoul Blanc, Clairette Blanche, Mourvèdre, and Counoise.
Herein lies the “secret” to great winemaking. Perfect climate and soils paired to a single-minded obsession with quality. Tim exercises complete control of the process, “from the dirt to the bottle” for our Estate and Reserve Series wines.