In 1987, Bill and Brenda Murphy started by planting a few rows of Chardonnay in their backyard, only to realize later their hobby would become a passion. Over the next 15 years, along with the help of their daughters, they have created a multi-generational, family-owned and operated, certified sustainable winery, producing over 80,000 cases of wine on 150 acres. Located in San Martin, California, tucked in the Hayes Valley, their winery is within the Central Coast American Viticultural Area; a key location for making exceptional wines.
Little Known Facts
Clos LaChance is located only 30 mins from Silicon Valley.
The first released wines were from the 1992 vintage.
The Murphys chose the hummingbird as the winery's symbol for both is aesthetic beauty and it's ability to keep other birds away from their grapes.
Sustainability is an ever-evolving practice. A member of the Central Coast Vineyard Team, Clos LaChance has also actively participated in the Wine Institute Sustainability Self-Assessment Program, identifying strengths and opportunities for improvement. In early 2009, Clos LaChance’s 150-acre Estate vineyard was one of 17 California vineyards to be Certified Sustainable via the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance.
This is an amazing wine for brownies with walnuts or pecans, a thick juicy prime rib or even some thinly sliced Parmesan. With dried plums, tobacco and floral notes on the nose; the rich flavors of cherries and raspberries; combined with the very smooth finish, you will want to have this wine with every meal.
Aged for 12 months in French Oak, this wine would pair great with any kind of beef or lamb. It has the aromas of fresh herbs, rosemary and thyme. Hints of strawberries, and plum, along with savory notes to balance out the bright fruit. A very smooth finish with a slight peppery touch makes this wine nothing short of stunning.
This is a wine that has been cared for from start to finish. First, its hand-picked grapes are hand-sorted and settled in a tank for 48 hours, then fermented in oak barrels to get just the perfect taste. It's light straw color and aroma of pineapple, apples and fresh baked bread make sure this wine goes great with lighter meats, salads, and cheeses.