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The Sleepy Hollow vineyard was planted back in 1972 and has since been celebrated for its ability to produce exceptional wines year after year, being named as one of California’s Grand Cru sites by Wine Enthusiast in 2016. The vineyard is divided into three parcels, Sleepy Hollow North, West and South each growing exclusively Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Talbott Vineyards began in 1982 by father and son team Robert Sr and Robb Talbott. Their first vineyard was the Diamond T Vineyard planted on a mountain to in Carmel Valley. They acquired the famed Sleepy Hollow vineyard in 1994 which is located in the Santa Lucia Highlands and since then, there entire portfolio has been produced from estate grown fruit. Grapes grown in this vineyard experience one of the longest growing season in California thanks to it’s altitude and proximity to the Pacific Ocean. Cool, coastal breezes blow uninterrupted across the vines and morning fogs help to moderate the temperatures further ensuring the grapes don’t ripen too quickly, resulting in fully ripe grapes of great concentration and high levels of complexity.
Talbott has taken their inspiration from Burgundy and their original Diamond T Vineyard was planted with the Corton-Charlemagne Chardonnay clone taken from one of Burgundy’s Grand Cru Vineyards. The Diamond T Vineyard also benefits from the effects of the Pacific Ocean which helps to give the wines their characteristic freshness.