The Sleepy Hollow Vineyard, planted in 1973 in what is now known as the Santa Lucia Highlands Appellation of Monterey County boasts some of the oldest Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines in North America. The gentle east-facing slope of the vineyard is covered with Pacific Ocean fog every morning, leading to a very long growing season. Owned by Robert Talbott, these low yielding vines receive exceptional care
The deep roots of these old vines add layers of minerality and complexity from the sparse gravelly loam soils. The vineyard’s unique terroir features rich, citrus focused fruit characteristics and spiciness that dominate this luscious Chardonnay.
Initial aromas of spice, nutmeg, lemon and grapefruit. Upon swirling, these transition to scents of fig, banana and honey. The taste is very crisp, but hints of vanilla, lemon and grapefruit sail into the lingering finish. Optimum consumption within 4 to 6 years. - Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking