Vineyards

Monte Roble Vineyard
Los Gatos, California

Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah

Gary Robinson organically farms this small backyard vineyard. The vineyard sits on a southeast-facing slope in the suburban foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. The vineyard is planted with Cabernet Sauvignon (clones 341 and 4) and Syrah (clones 877 and Estrella) and produces about 25 cases a year. The Cabernet Sauvignon is characterized by intense dark grilled fruit, herbs and layers of tannins. The Syrah has brighter notes of blackberry and strawberry, with softer tannins.


Black Ridge Vineyard
Santa Cruz Mountains
Lexington – El Sereno area

Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah

These vines are farmed by Ruben Balderas on an eastward-facing slope at 1,100 feet overlooking Lexington Reservoir, a half-mile below. At night, cool ocean air spills through the mountain gap from the Pacific, funnels down the mountainsides and fills the Lexington Reservoir bowl. Early morning fog quickly burns off and days are warm, with full sunshine through the growing season. Cool nights and hot days produce fruit with an excellent balance of acidity, sugar and flavor. Primarily dry-farmed, these vines produce balanced wines with fine structure and minerality that are typical of Santa Cruz Mountains terroir.


Camel Hill Vineyard
Santa Cruz Mountains
Lexington – El Sereno area

Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc

Camel Hill Vineyard sits just south of Black Ridge Vineyard above Lexington Reservoir and is farmed by Jon Anderson. Both Camel Hill and Black Ridge lie to the south of the San Andreas Fault rift zone. Jon’s vines are older than Black Ridge and are sparingly irrigated near the end of the growing season. The vines produce wine with more fruitiness and softer tannins that is more approachable at a younger age.


Vanumanutagi Vineyard
Santa Cruz Mountains
Mount Madonna area

Syrah

Vanumanutagi Vineyard, farmed by Matt Oetinger, is near Mount Madonna at the southern end of the Santa Cruz Mountains viticulture area. The vineyard sits at an elevation of about 1,000 feet and slopes steeply to the southwest. The rocky, well-drained soils produce low yields of highly concentrated fruit. The deep, dark, inky purple color of the juice at crush is remarkable.


Muns Vineyard
Santa Cruz Mountains
Loma Prieta area

Pinot Noir

Ed Muns farms 13 acres of Pinot Noir on a Loma Prieta ridge top overlooking Monterey Bay. At 2,600 feet, this is the highest Pinot Noir vineyard in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Warm summer days and cool, foggy nights produce a fruit-forward style wine. The vineyard was planted with four different French clones of Pinot Noir (777, 667, 114, and 115) to add complexity and age worthiness.