The Sierra Madre Vineyard in the Santa Maria Valley is owned by Doug and Jan Circle. It sits at 215 ft. above sea level and consists of 155 acres, 91 of Chardonnay and 64 of Pinot Noir. It is the most northern and one of the western-most vineyards in the Santa Maria Valley, only 15 miles from the coast, and benefits greatly from its unique marine influence. It is also one of the few valleys in the state that run East/West as opposed to North/South. An exceptionally cool growing season encourages slow ripening over a long period of time, allowing for the development of structure and flavor intensity.
Medium red hue. This Pinot Noir at first scent, shows notes of cloves, tea, currant, boysenberry, black pepper, and violets. Upon some aeration, characters of jasmine, marmalade, papaya, butterscotch and red licorice leap out of the glass. All of these elements continue on the palate with loads of cloves, marmalade, papaya, and jasmine. This wine is all pleasure with silky tannins, polished oak, and modest acidity. The finish is bright, intricate, focused and youthful all wrapped in one. Enjoy now through 2025
~ Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking