Clos de la Tech
With caves tunneling deep into the Santa Cruz Mountains and vineyards so steep they have to be farmed with a one-of-a-kind tractor moved by cables, Clos de la Tech is one of the most ambitious and innovative Pinot Noir producers in California.
Our goal is clear: to make the New World's Best Pinot Noir. In doing so, we hope to seriously challenge the greatest Burgundies that have dominated premium Pinot Noir production since the 13th century. Our approach is one of meticulous stewardship of ancient tradition that often means bowing to nature's whims combined with innovative techniques that serve to only enhance what nature has given us.
At Clos de la Tech we believe that great wines begin in the vineyard. That’s why we take great pains to follow many of the best winemaking practices established at renowned Burgundy houses almost 200 years ago. This includes the expensive practice of planting three to ten times more vines per acre to achieve the high degree of concentration afforded by an extraordinarily low yield per vine. Tour our vineyards.
Our "minimalist" approach to winemaking begins with whole cluster, native yeast fermentation. Our experimentation at Clos de la Tech showed that this process effectively reduces the amount of seed tannin in the wine and increases the amount of stem tannin in the wine, resulting in bigger wines with rounder, softer tannin.
Sharing the same cooperage house as the world's best Burgundy producers, Clos de la Tech ages its wine in famed François Fréres French oak barrels from the Bertrange forest. Unlike its American or Hungarian counterparts, François Frères barrels impart a much understated, elegant oak flavor which allows us to age in new barrels for every harvest without over-oaking the wine.
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