October Single Vineyard Club Releases
November Appellation & Portfolio Series Club
2015 Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay
2015 Santa Rita Hills Chardonnay
2016 Tondre Grapefield Chardonnay
2015 Sierra Madre Vineyard Chardonnay
2014 Santa Cruz Mountains Red Wine
2015 Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir
2015 Graham Family Vineyard Pinot Noir
2015 Dos Rubios Vineyard Pinot Noir
From 1888 to 2017
130 Vintages of California Wine History
By Rob Jensen
We’ve all heard the phrase, “Time flies when you are having fun.” Well, I can tell you we are having a ton of fun! Actually this vintage, the 130th consecutive vintage made here in the historic Jesuit Novitiate Winery of Los Gatos, we will be having over 500 tons of fun!
Being a 4th generation Californian, with my great grandparents coming to the San Francisco in the late 1800s, it is beyond a dream to be making our world class Testarossa wines in California’s 4th oldest continuously operating winery. It is even more special that Diana and I met in a Jesuit University (Santa Clara University), and were married by a Jesuit priest, who attended the Novitiate Seminary College on the winery site in the 1930s along with his twin brother. Fr. John Geary, SJ, later retired at the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, which sits directly adjacent to the winery here in the beautiful foothills just two minutes off Main Street above downtown Los Gatos. Adding to the interest is Fr. John’s father, a San Jose Architect and builder, was the contractor who build the cellars that house our main Los Gatos Tasting Room, entrance Cave, and our sandstone office building located between the entrance to the winery and Wine Bar 107.
The history of the winery is beyond fascinating.
In addition to the 19th century history origins of our winery home, what also makes our location, and our winemaking unique is the juxtaposition of 19th century California Wine History mixed with what Santa Clara Valley has evolved into and is best known for….. Silicon Valley! When visiting the winery, it is very common to see signage for corporate events from our neighbors like Apple (18 min away), Google, (25 min), Cisco (24 min), Intel (22 min), Adobe (19 min), Netflix (11 min), Ebay (15 min), Facebook (32 min) and many, many more internationally known technology firms.
Diana and I are both Silicon Valley veterans. We met while getting our degrees in Electrical Engineering at Santa Clara. Many people don’t realize that we were senior thesis design partners at SCU, where our Cycling Ergometer/Trainer project, inspired by my time at the US Olympic Training Center in the 1980s, won the annual engineering school design conference competition. Diana later went on to work at National Semiconductor and Cypress Semiconductor before “retiring” form tech in 1994 to run the winery full time, while raising our first of two children, Nick, who was born in 1993. Claire later joined the family in 1996.
We take our high tech background and our love and appreciation for history and traditional winemaking very seriously. Over the last 18 vintages we have worked with our winemaker, Bill Brosseau, to blend the latest in high tech winemaking with the best of centuries old winemaking traditions. If you are reading this article, then you, like us, appreciate the results! We never stop experimenting, and working towards improving quality, each and every vintage.
By the way, Nick and Claire both followed in their parent’s footsteps in attending SCU. Nick has a degree in Civil Engineering and currently works for DevCon Construction. Claire is finishing her degree in Accounting and will be starting with KPMG next summer after graduation.
Five years ago, on the 125th anniversary of the day when first grapes were first picked by the Jesuits on the property, October 11th, 1888, we started a new tradition of inviting the over 60 retirees from the Sacred Heart Jesuit (retirement) Center to a luncheon celebration of their history. Most of these retirees worked in the fields and cellars back in the mid-20th Century. Meeting them and hearing their stories is a truly unique experience.
Thank you for being part of our journey to add new chapters, and great wines, to the living history of the historic 19th Century Novitiate of Los Gatos Winery!
Rob, Diana, Nick and Claire Jensen, and Bill Brosseau
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Wed, Nov 8