CLOS SARON is a vineyard and winery in Yuba County in the Sierra Foothills AVA of California. It was established in 1999 by Gideon Beinstock and Saron Rice. The wines are made from both estate grown and purchased grapes. Gideon discovered the area via a spiritual group he was a member of.
ESTATE VINEYARDS | 2016 3.23 hectares (8 acres). Inland in Grass Valley at 488 metres (1,600 ft). Volcanic debris in soil. No mowing.
GRAPE PURCHASES | 2016 Yes.
ORGANIC CERTIFICATION | 2016 No certification. We are “do nothing” Gideon told me at the Real Wine Fair 2016.
ALBARINHO, CARTE BLANCHE | 2014 Purchased fruit. Albarino and Verdejo. Fresh, nice texture at the Real Wine Fair 2016.
CARIGNAN-CINSAULT, BLUE CHEER | 2014 Bottled.
CARIGNAN, THE PLEASANT PHEASANT | 2014 115 year-old vines. Decomposed granite. Purchased grapes.
CINSAULT, OUT OF THE BLUE | Cinsault originally planted in the late 1800s. | 2014 Bottled.
CINSAULT-SYRAH, A DEEPER SHADE OF THE BLUE | Cinsault, Syrah.
PINOT NOIR HOME VINEYARD | On volcanic ash. / 2010 No added sulfites (Isabelle Legeron, 2014, p195). / 2012 22ppm sulfites. Tobacco nose at the Real Wine Fair 2016.
SYRAH, BLACK PEARL | 2009 Bottled.
SYRAH, HEART OF STONE SYRAH | 2009 Bottled.
SYRAH, STONE SOUP | 2012 Bottled.
Isabelle Legeron MW, Natural Wine, An introduction to organic and biodynamic wines grown naturally (2014, Cico Books, London & New York), p195.
Oz Clarke, Oz Clarke Wine A-Z (Pavilion, 2015), p92.
Real Wine Fair 2016, Tobacco Dock, London 17-18th April.