2017 Pinot Noir Reserve



*Available Exclusively to Reserve Circle Members

92 Points, Wine Spectator / 93 Points, California Grapevine

"Medium-light to medium ruby color; attractive, deep, fragrant, dark cherry fruit aroma with hints of forest floor, baking spice, and rose petal; medium to medium-full body; seductive, rich, fleshy, elegantly styled, cherry fruit flavors with bright acidity, light spicy notes, and some plushness in the velvety mouthfeel; medium tannin; lingering aftertaste. Very enjoyable to drink now, though also shows good bottle aging potential. Very highly recommended."


Our flagship black-labeled Reserve from the 2016 vintage continues our string of successes with Pinot Noir here in the historic Santa Clara Valley appellation.  

Tasting Notes


We gently destemmed the whole berries into small fermentors, cold soaked for three days, allowed a robust native fermentation, then inoculated with RC212 yeast. Hand punch downs occurred three times daily. The wine was pressed off the skins and fermentation was completed in barrel. The cooperage used was Francois Freres and Vallaurine, 33% being new oak with the balance in one and two year old barrels; barrel maturation proceeded for 18 months. The wine was bottled and hand-waxed in March of 2019. Only 119 cases were produced. Our 2017 Reserve Pinot Noir was allowed a over a year of bottle age prior to release to our Reserve Circle members.

Clones: Dijon 777, Dijon 667 

Vineyard Sources

Appellation: Santa Clara Valley
Vineyard: Sarah's Estate Dwarf Oak
Grower: Tim Slater

Technical Data

2017 Pinot Noir Reserve