2 Estate Vineyards
Sleepy Hollow Vineyard
Located in the stunning Santa Lucia Highlands, 13 miles south of Monterey Bay, this 565-acre hillside vineyard is divided into three separate vineyard parcels, Sleepy Hollow West, Sleepy Hollow South and Sleepy Hollow North. Both the West and South parcels are planted on Arroyo Seco gravelly loam soil, which allows excellent root penetration, enabling the vines to pick up subsoil minerals that increase flavor complexity. These sparse, well-drained soils also reduce yields, creating rich, concentrated flavors in the grapes. The vineyard's predominately east-northeast exposure, combined with its proximity to the Pacific Ocean, contributes to a cool growing site with moderate vineyard temperatures. This results in a long growing season, giving the grapes the luxury of more hangtime to develop greater varietal character. Grapes from Sleepy Hollow West and South predominantly contribute to the Talbott Sleepy Hollow, Cuvée Carlotta and Logan Chardonnays, and the Talbott, Cuvée Sarah Case and Logan Pinot Noirs.
The Sleepy Hollow North block of Talbott's Sleepy Hollow Vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands is home to the Talbott winery. This special 115-acre, contiguous vineyard block has predominantly Chualar gravelly loam soil that contains a large percentage of sand, gravel and granite-based rock. The unique composition of this well-drained soil allows for excellent root penetration. As with Sleepy Hollow Vineyard's older blocks, growing conditions at Sleepy Hollow North result in low yields and excellent concentration of flavor components in the fruit. Relatively close proximity to the Pacific Ocean moderates temperatures, resulting in a long, mild growing season. The block's mainly northeast exposure also contributes to cooler temperatures. Sleepy Hollow North is planted with newer clones of both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. In 1989 and 1990, new Wente clones were planted on shy-bearing rootstock. The vines are on vertical trellising and receive minimal irrigation. In recent years, several acres of Pinot Noir vines were also planted on select rootstocks to elite Pommard and Dijon clones. Like Diamond T, Sleepy Hollow Vineyard is cultivated with a focus on environmentally conscious, sustainable farming practices.
Diamond T Vineyard
Treated with the same measure of exacting care given to the great grand cru vineyards, Diamond T is a testimony to Robb Talbott's determination to make the finest possible wines, regardless of the cost or effort required. Planted with the Corton-Charlemagne Chardonnay clone in 1982 by Robb Talbott, this 14-acre, tightly spaced vineyard grows in almost soil-free chalky shale on a 1,200-foot mountaintop. Drip irrigation and conventional trellising are the preferred practices for this vineyard.
Due to challenging growing conditions, crop yields are extremely low at Diamond T, with typical yields of less than one ton per acre. Located eight miles from Carmel Bay, Diamond T has a southern exposure that benefits from cool ocean fog, both in the morning and the evening. This moderating marine influence leads to an extended growing season.Diamond T's intensely flavored and beautifully concentrated grapes are used to make the limited Diamond T Chardonnay and the very limited Cuvée Audrey.