Sequana Winemaker, James MacPhail describes this setting as “nothing short of spectacular.” The Sarmento Vineyard sits on benchlands of ancient, tilted alluvial soils topped with rock-studded sandy loam. Grapes for this Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir come from two separate 10 year old vineyard blocks - each with a unique clone. This family-owned, sustainably-farmed vineyard benefits from its southeast exposure and cool climate, allowing the grapes to ripen fully.

The Appellation

The Santa Lucia Highlands overlook Monterey County's Salinas Valley. The southeast facing slopes benefit from morning sun, followed by afternoon sea breezes and moderate night time temperatures. Vines develop deep roots in the alluvial soils deposited over ancient marine terraces. This region, with its long growing season, allows Pinot Noir to flourish, producing wines characterized by flavors of wild cherry and earthiness.