Cienaga Valley, California

  The 455-acre Pietra Santa estate was first developed by Frenchman Theophile Vache in the 1850s. Here among the foothills of the Gabilan Mountains, he discovered the Cienega Valley, a small but unique area just 25 miles east of the Monterey Bay. The vineyards changed hands over the years but were revitalized in the 1980s with the replanting of many of the vineyard blocks and the addition of 30 acres of terraced, hillside vineyards. With elevations ranging from 1200 to 1800 feet and diverse microclimates within the valley, a number of varieties thrive from Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Sangiovese, to Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay. Pietra Santa was recently purchased by the Blackburn Family – John, Phyllis and son Cortlandt (Cort) – who have been farming in the surrounding area for almost 50 years. They fell in love with the estate’s beautiful location, superb vineyards and state-of-the-art winery. Their winemaker, Alessio Carli, brings a rare blend of traditional Italian expertise and modern California sensibility to his winemaking at Pietra Santa. Shelftalkers  Winery Website  
ps-route-152Route 152 Pinot Noir
Route 152 is made from estate vineyards located in the northern tip of the Central Coast appellation, 25 miles from Monterey Bay. The terroir is defined by rugged hills, rocky soils, and a cool, maritime climate – perfect conditions for growing quality Pinot Noir. With vibrant flavors of wild strawberries and raspberries, this Pinot Noir has forward fruit with nice acidity and a subtle earthiness on the finish. An exceptional value, this well-balanced wine pairs well with a wide range of cuisine.
PrintPietra Santa Pinot Gris
This well balanced Pinot Grigio tastes of mangos and peaches with hints of citrus. This wine is crisp, refreshing and ideal for a summer picnic or as an aperitif. Wonderful when paired with oysters on the half-shell.
PrintPietra Santa Chardonnay
Unoaked. This wine is crisp and fresh with flavors of white peaches, pears and melons and a subtle bouquet of lavender. Made in an un-oaked style, the wine is vibrant with natural acidity and balance that make it an ideal pairing partner with a wide variety of cuisines and a wonderful aperitif.
PrintPietra Santa Pinot Noir
Our Estate Pinot Noir is an ideal reflection of our terroir, renowned for growing this finicky varietal. This wine has a beautiful bouquet of subtle lavender and elegant fruit flavors of wild strawberries, raspberries and Bing cherries laced with an earthiness that is synonymous with the Cienega Valley and the surrounding northern Central Coast Appellation.
ps-sangioPietra Santa Sangiovese
Our Estate Sangiovese tastes of cranberry and intense Bing cherry with undertones of anise and a lingering finish. The depth and complexity of this wine has made it an annual best seller and the ultimate companion to great Italian cuisine. Typical of this varietal, our Sangiovese vines have matured and we have been rewarded by increasingly rich fruit.
PrintPietra Santa Merlot
A quintessential Merlot, this wine is made from grapes grown on our estate and boasts concentrated flavors of ripe plum and cherry with a hint of cassis and cedar. A velvety texture makes the perfect foil for the extracted flavors, while balanced structure allows this wine to stand up to many cuisines. For a special evening, try this merlot with a grilled leg of lamb. Cellar for 5+ years.
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A consumer favorite and consistent gold medal winner, this bold Zinfandel tastes of ripe cherries and plums and blueberries with complements of toasty oak. It is well balanced with a persistent finish of subtle black pepper and sage.
PrintPietra Santa Sassolino
Our Estate Sassolino is a robust, red blend with bold fruit flavors of black cherry and plums with hints of chocolate and smoky oak. The wine is balanced and has soft, round tannins, so it can be enjoyed now or cellared for 5+ years. Sassolino is a perfect match for a wide variety of cuisine especially roasted meats or Italian fare. Blend: 81% Sangiovese, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon.
PrintPietra Santa Cabernet Sauvignon
Concentrated flavors of deep cherry, blackberry and currant with layers of chocolate and coffee. The wine is rich and complex with a velvety texture and good structure
for aging. Cellar for 5+ years.
ps-sig-pnPIetra Santa Signature Pinot Noir
Our Signature Collection Pinot Noir is made from fruit grown in the upper valley of our estate in the Cienaga Valley. The grapes receive early morning fog and cooling maritime breezes that allow this finicky grape to develop rich fruit flavors and layers of complexity. This wine was made from our Dijon clone #828 using fruit clusters that were hand selected prior to harvest. The resulting wine has a subtle bouquet of lavender and bold flavors of wild strawberries and, raspberries laced with a gentle earthiness and an enduring finish of white pepper.
ps-sig-cabPietra Santa Signature Collection Cabernet Sauvignon
Our Signature Collection represents the best of our estate and is created from hand chosen blocks of fruit, made with the finest care and attention and aged in specially selected barrels. Our Signature Collection Cabernet Sauvignon has a bouquet of subtle plums and pomegranates and tastes of ripe black cherries and blueberries with hints of chocolate. This exceptionally balanced wine has structured tannins making it ideal for aging in your cellar for 5+ years.