“From a rugged, windblown hilltop on the western rim appellation in the now fabled Santa Ynez Valley, Forbidden Fruit Orchards is Sandra Newman’s stunning 100-acre farm. In 2007 she planted 5 acres of Pinot Noir and 1 acre of Chardonnay. A scant 12 miles from the icy Pacific, her Cebada Vineyard enjoys cool nights and luxuriates in warm days; a perfect mesoclimate for the artisanal Burgundian-style wines she vinifies. Sandra, who carries a Bachelor and MSc in Plant Science, is a meticulous viticulturalist, and firmly believes in the winemaker’s adage that what happens in the vineyard is 90% of what ends up in the bottle. Her Pinot Noir and Chardonnay showcases a wine of tremendous finesse, with silky notes from the sandy loam soil, hints of sea air, and intense fruit complexity. These are small batch wines crafted with care and passion for my favorite grape variety in all the world: Pinot Noir.” -Rex Pickett, Author of Sideways and Vertical
Cebada Estate Chardonnay
Our Estate Chardonnay is grown on a southern slope just 12 miles from the Pacific Ocean and enjoys the cool, coastal weather which preserves the natural acids in the wine without accumulating high sugar contents. We harvest three different Chardonnay clones, 17 (came from the Robert Young Vineyard in Alexander Valley. Its original source vines have often been referred to as “the Robert Young clone”, which was planted with budwood brought from the Wente vineyard in Livermore in the 1960’s), 37 (from Champagne Perrier-Jouet, France) and clone 72, Wente (Wente Vineyards’ Monterey County). We also harvest the chardonnay early with low pH and sugar content. Our Chardonnay is aged in some new and neutral oak barrels and then blended together before bottling. The 2011 garnished a 90 point score from Wine Enthusiast, where the 2012 was awarded a 91!
Cebada Pinot Noir
Our Estate Pinot Noir fruit is also grown on a southern slope just 12 miles from the Pacific Ocean. The cool, coastal weather allows the fruit to slowly ripen, preserving the natural acids in the wine without accumulating high sugars. We grow four different clones of Pinot Noir. These clones are 02A (from Wädenswil, Switzerland), 115 (French clone from Champagne Perrier-Jouet, France,), Calera (Calera vineyard sourced by Josh Jensen from Aubert de Villaine at Domaine Romani Conti) and Pommard 4 (from Pommard, France, which is a wine region in the Côte de Beaune, subregion of Burgundy). They were selected for their unique flavor profiles and each year, the amount of fruit we harvest from these clones changes. We harvest our pinot when the pH and sugars are low so we don’t have to manipulate the wines. Our Pinot Noir gets aged in about one third new oak and two thirds neutral oak barrels. Then we blend all of our clones together to add complexity to the wines. The 2012 was given the privilege of a 92 point score from Wine Enthusiast!
Forbidden Fruit Libation
This unusal wine begins in midsummer when we handpick our organic bush ripened “Jewels”. Jewels are very thin skinned, and one of the juiciest varieties of southern highbush blueberries. This variety fruits late in the season and can be purchased fresh from March through July. Our wine is produced from sweet and plump berries that have hung on the bush for up to 4 weeks. This versatile fruit makes a crisp, intense blueberry wine that can be drank anytime with cheese and fruit or dessert. We were awarded the Silver Medal for this at the San Francisco International Wine Competition!