Clos de la Tech is appropriately named, as it is owned by Silicon Valley heavyweight T.J. Rodgers, the founder and former CEO of Santa Cruz Mountains–based Cypress Semiconductor. He has elevated his passion for wine from advanced hobbyist to full-on vintner, releasing a brilliant 2012 that stands out for its elegance and Burgundian traits. Rodgers places one of his silicon chips on each bottle, a wink to the tech industry.
Cambiata shows that quality Pinot Noir can also be affordable.
2012 CLOS DE LA TECH Pinot Noir Santa Cruz Mountains Santa Cruz Mountains Estates
Starts out juicy and lively, featuring black cherry and raspberry notes at the core. This is defined by fine-grained tannins that give the flavors traction. Ends long and clean, with anise and fresh earth scents. Drink now through 2023. 1,483 cases made.—J.L.
2015 CAMBIATA Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands
Deftly balanced, with juicy, zesty cherry, wild berry and raspberry flavors sharing center stage, framed by firm, well-integrated tannins and a long, clean aftertaste. Drink now through 2022. 525 cases made.—J.L.
2014 WRATH Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands Tondré Grapefield
A savory style, offering a mix of dried herb, leafy, underbrush and dried berry flavors, with hints of anise, red candy and red licorice, backed by mild tannins. Most impressive for the length on the finish. Drink now through 2021. 283 cases made.—J.L.
2014 Cambiata Aero Bos
Score: 91 points Editors Choice