By Shannon Torres
Fourteen years ago when I started my position with the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association, I was beginning my education of what makes a great wine. I will never forget the first bottle of Clos Tita I was given. My former Director’s handed it me amazed that I had not had the opportunity to taste Clos Tita as of yet. They handed it to me as if they were handing me their first born child to meet for the first time. I will never forget the beauty of the bottle. During that time, Dave Estrada, winemaker and owner at Clos Tita Winery, was sealing all of his bottles with a beautiful red wax seal. I took the bottle home and enjoyed every last drop with my husband. This was the beginning of my understanding of why the Santa Cruz Mountains Terroir was so influential and noticeable in Santa Cruz Mountains Wines.
Clos Tita is an artisanal producer of red wines exclusively grown within the Santa Cruz Mountains appellation; one of California's first appellations and one of its oldest regions to produce fine wine.
Their estate vineyard was established in 1990, planted to five clones of Pinot Noir and a few rows of Chardonnay and Viognier. Over the years they have produced a number of wines from other vineyards; Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc from the eastern slopes of the Santa Cruz Mountains (the "Chaine d'Or) which are used in our "Gironde" and "La Sierra Azul".
I hope you enjoy discovering this wine as much as I did!
Shannon worked as the Director of Operations for the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrower’s Association for approximately 13 years. Shannon has brought wine events of all kinds to the area in an effort to excite interest in the local wines and food. She loves watching people from all over enjoying the region’s wine and witnessing the local vintners businesses grow and prosper.