if we had to choose a signature varietal at satori, it would be zin. we grow more of it here than any other grape and it loves our soil, our long hot summer days, and cool nights. we currently release four different styles of zinfandel (and use it as a blending grape with petite sirah and syrah in our harmonic convergence).
while zinfandel may be our signature grape, petite sirah owns this land. PS loves the heat, long days, and its view of the santa cruz mountains to the west. we make a 100% petite sirah ha ha, but back in 2007 Mr. T. softened the bad boy with some sirah and zinfandel so Sandy could drink it without a knife and fork — the result was our harmonic convergence which has become one of our most popular wines.
these two blue yahoos find wonderful mischief wherever they go. one is 100% pure; the other is a mixed breed of cab, merlot and syrah. but they love each other in spite of their differences. you’ll love them too.
Our estate merlot always wants to be the center of attention. Fortunately she is funny and well-mannered so people don’t seem to mind bringing her along.
from grapes planted in 2004 we grow well-balanced, fruit-forward syrah (blueberries!) that we serve straight up in our ta da syrah and as a distinctive ingredient in our joyoUS and harmonic convergence blends.
we used to blend a bit of merlot with our cab franc but the latter rebelled a few years ago, demanding its independence. so now we gave her her own bottle. she travels the globe solo now and prefers coastlines. something about an affinity for blondes and beach umbrellas.
we grow red grapes exclusively on our 20-acre campus, so when we want to drink a cool, crisp white on a sunny day. we have to open our doors to immigrant varietals. we pretty much always have something sparkling (so orange juice can fulfill its destiny) and some local white we find sly and thrilling.
even though we grow six different varietals on campus, crafting 11 different wines from them, sometimes you just hanker for some fresh, new experience. so out we go into the local countryside looking for some regional red gem for r non-estate label. our first find — r first pinot noir — came from the famed santa lucia highlands, south of us along the coast. alas, that luscious vintage is all but gone now, but we are actively seeking her replacement. look for her debut later in 2017.