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2016 WindVane Pinot Noir

2016 WindVane Pinot Noir

WindVane Pinot Noir is selected from the most expressive vineyard blocks throughout 335 acres of estate vineyards –a unique property has an East facing exposure combined with a tall mountain range to the West. The mountains provide altitude, shallow rocky soils, shade from the intense afternoon sun and they also serve to funnel the intense Pacific Coast breezes directly onto the vineyards. Vines from the windiest, steepest, and rockiest areas of the vineyards where the soils are very thin produce small crops of very slow ripening fruit that produce intense character.

Limited Availability

from $22.50 - $31

2016 WindVane Pinot Noir

WindVane Pinot Noir is selected from the most expressive vineyard blocks throughout 335 acres of estate vineyards –a unique property has an East facing exposure combined with a tall mountain range to the West. The mountains provide altitude, shallow rocky soils, shade from the intense afternoon sun and they also serve to funnel the intense Pacific Coast breezes directly onto the vineyards. Vines from the windiest, steepest, and rockiest areas of the vineyards where the soils are very thin produce small crops of very slow ripening fruit that produce intense character.

Limited Availability

from $23.25 - $31

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.