With caves tunneling deep into a vine-covered ridge in the Santa Cruz Mountains and vineyards so steep they have to be farmed with a one-of-a-kind, specially designed tractor moved by cables, Clos de la Tech is one of the most ambitious and innovative Pinot Noir producers in California. The winery was founded in 1994 and continues to be operated by TJ Rodgers, Founder and retired CEO of Cypress Semiconductor, and his wife, Valeta. Some of the highlights at Clos de la Tech include extreme growing conditions, high-altitude terrain, vine-by-vine farming, high-density planting (4,150 vines per acre), low yields (below two tons per acre), innovative equipment, gravity-flow winery, whole-cluster fermentation with native yeast and no filtration. Clos de la Tech’s wines are deep, dark, concentrated and well structured. Unlike many of their peers, these Pinot Noirs are built to evolve and improve with extended aging.