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2016 WindVane Pinot Noir

2016 WindVane Pinot Noir

The Pinot Noir grapes from individual vineyard lots were gently hand harvested at night into small 30# picking boxes in order to bring the fruit into the winery intact and cold. They were then destemmed, lightly crushed and cold-soaked in small fermentation tanks holding 3 to 10 tons each for two days to extract color and flavors. During fermentation the grape skins were punched down or wine was pumped over one to three times per day, determined by taste, to fine tune the extraction of the skins. When optimal extraction was achieved after 10 days, the free run wine was promptly drained from the skins and seeds and transferred to barrels for aging. Only the free run wine was used in this blend. The wine rested in our barrel caves in French oak barrels (46% new) for 9 months before the wine was bottled.

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from $22.5 - $30

2016 WindVane Pinot Noir

The Pinot Noir grapes from individual vineyard lots were gently hand harvested at night into small 30# picking boxes in order to bring the fruit into the winery intact and cold. They were then destemmed, lightly crushed and cold-soaked in small fermentation tanks holding 3 to 10 tons each for two days to extract color and flavors. During fermentation the grape skins were punched down or wine was pumped over one to three times per day, determined by taste, to fine tune the extraction of the skins. When optimal extraction was achieved after 10 days, the free run wine was promptly drained from the skins and seeds and transferred to barrels for aging. Only the free run wine was used in this blend. The wine rested in our barrel caves in French oak barrels (46% new) for 9 months before the wine was bottled.

Limited Availability

from $22.5 - $30

Tasting Notes

The nose catches you first with intense black cherry and blackberry that opens up to spice and bramble.

The mouth brings in all of this fruit with a full silky texture framed by a touch of sweet French oak. The spice gains momentum through the palate carrying into the bright finish of this complex Pinot Noir.

2016 WindVane Pinot Noir

Food Pairings

The intense combination of blackberry and blueberry on the nose are a match for grilled pork loin with blackberry sage sauce. The spice components tie in well with chipotle, adobo and raspberry marinated flank steak or even ginger spiced blueberry shortcake. Blue cheese Cabrales or Point Reyes Bay Blue with a drizzle of honey and spiced nuts complete a practically perfect pinot cheeseboard.

Additional Information

  • Composition100% Estate Pinot Noir
  • Aging9 months in French oak
  • AppellationCarneros
  • Alcohol14.5%
  • TA0.55 g/L
  • pH3.66

The growing season of 2016 got off to an early start with mild weather through the summer, allowing the grapes to ripen at a moderate rate, developing deep and intense character. As a result of the early spring, harvest came early too, beginning a full 2 1⁄2 weeks earlier than average. Mild weather through the harvest brought the fruit in at a slow pace, enabling us to pick each block at its optimal ripeness. The yields were average, and the fruit quality was excellent.