The Hedonistic Taster
Silver Mountains Vineyards – Santa Cruz Mountains, CA.
by L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne + Champagne ML
“Wine should not be regarded simply as a beverage, but as an art of living, a pleasure.” – Henri Jayer
The Hedonistic Taster provides an intimate format for sharing industry trade sample tasting notes with readers, typically Burgundy, bubbles and small-lot, artisan wines from emerging wine regions.
The title derives from the term “hedonistic tasting” coined by the legendary Burgundian vigneron, Henri Jayer, who believed that wine was not just a beverage, but a source of pleasure.
Disclaimer: No compensation is received; all opinions expressed are that of the author.
Jerold O’Brien is used to shaking things up on Silver Mountain Vineyards
Nestled at 2,100 feet amidst a quietly spectacular redwood forest, Silver Mountain Vineyards sports vistas spanning Monterey Bay to San Francisco Bay. The nonconformist and former air force pilot/silver speculator founded Silver Mountain Vineyards in 1979.
His winery sits atop the sandstone-laden San Andreas Fault, within view of the North Pacific plate. O’Brien’s unfortunate proximity to both fault lines proved fateful when he lost the first winery and three years of production in the 1989 earthquake.
Rebuilding post-earthquake allowed O’Brien the opportunity to implement sustainable designs that support his tenant “to respect Mother Earth and set an example on how to save the planet.” Silver Mountain Vineyards now boasts one of the largest solar arrays in the Santa Cruz Mountains, an extensive rain water-collection system, shaded area to reduce storage, and an artificial cave for barrel storage. O’Brien contends it may be the most sustainable winery in the area.
O’Brien insists upon practicing organic farming, earning CCOF certification in 1991 for his efforts.
Today, Silver Mountain Vineyards produces award-winning estate and single-vineyard sourced, small-lot Burgundy-inspired wines – plus private, premium label winemaking for a few high-quality wine growers in the region.
Wine: Silver Mountain Vineyards Tondrés Grapefield Chardonnay – Santa Lucia Highlands
Suggested Retail: $34 SOLD OUT
Robe: Clear, gold robe.
Nose: Delicate melba toast, butterscotch aromas.
Palate: Medium body, lush, golden apple bouche.
Wine: Silver Mountain Vineyards Tondrés Grapefield Pinot Noir – Santa Lucia Highlands
Suggested Retail: $44 (Link)
Robe: Deep purple-raspberry robe.
Nose: Bramble berry nose.
Palate: Light body, dark berry – raspberry, blackberry, blueberry bouche. Acids, tannins, finish +.
Wine: Silver Mountain Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir
Suggested Retail: $44 SOLD OUT
Robe: Deep garnet robe.
Nose: Forest floor, dark berry, truffle, barnyard notes.
Palate: Black fruit, bramble, black cherry bouche. Light/medium body, acids, tannins, finish +.
Wine: Silver Mountain Vineyards 2010 Méthode Champenoise Pinot Noir Sparkling
Suggested Retail: $44. AVAILABLE TO CLUB MEMBERS ONLY.
Producer Specs: Once-in-a-decade wine, sourced from Mun’s Vineyard. The winemaker produces only enough to disgorge 20+ cases each year for 8 years, starting in 2015.
Robe: Clear pêche robe, pinhead beading, diffuse mousse.
Nose: Brioche, salmonberry, stone fruit on the nose.
Palate: Light body, bright acids, creamy bouche. Unicorn wine, representative of the Santa Cruz Mountains – complex, earthy, ethereal. A rare find, indeed.
Copyrighted 2018-2019 L.M. Archer | All Rights Reserved.