The Sarah’s Vineyard Madonne is our local effort to emulate the traditional red wines of the southern Rhône Valley. It is a blend of estate grown, Rhône red varieties – in this case, primarily Grenache. Our estate vineyards bridge the historic Santa Clara Valley and the cooler climate “Mt. Madonna” district of the southern Santa Cruz Mountains. Here fog and winds from nearby Monterey Bay dramatically cool down the estate, extending the growing season and providing unique conditions for complex Rhône cultivars.
The ’19 Madonne displays a rich dark fruit presence full of dark cherry, blackberry, blueberry and raspberry along with savory notes of pepper, anise, clove and cocoa powder. The estate Madonne will complement a rib eye steak with herb butter or grilled portobello mushroom perfectly.
Appellation: Santa Clara Valley
Vineyard: Sarah's Estate
Grower: Tim Slater
Cooperage: Neutral French Oak, 18 months