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2016 WindVane Reserve Pinot Noir

2016 WindVane Reserve Pinot Noir

WindVane was created as a homage to the wind that contributes to the unique character of the wines of Western Carneros. After working with the same vineyards for years, winemaker Steven Urberg was intrigued by some of the windiest vineyard blocks on the estate. The wines coming from these wind-blown vines are concentrated with great depth of fruit and a generous mouthfeel. WindVane is selected from the most expressive parcels throughout our 335 acres of estate vineyards in the Carneros region of Northern California.

Limited Availability

from $45 - $60

2016 WindVane Reserve Pinot Noir

WindVane was created as a homage to the wind that contributes to the unique character of the wines of Western Carneros. After working with the same vineyards for years, winemaker Steven Urberg was intrigued by some of the windiest vineyard blocks on the estate. The wines coming from these wind-blown vines are concentrated with great depth of fruit and a generous mouthfeel. WindVane is selected from the most expressive parcels throughout our 335 acres of estate vineyards in the Carneros region of Northern California.

Limited Availability

from $45 - $60

Tasting Notes

The nose opens with deep red cherry and cedar spice.

In the mouth, the intense cherry fruit is joined by darker blackberry and the spice expands with earthy characteristics. A light layer of toast and sweet French oak support the intense berry flavors. The mouthfeel is full and silky and balanced by bright acidity that continues through the long finish. Only 100 cases produced.

2016 WindVane Reserve Pinot Noir

Food Pairings

Black cherry and cedar blend together providing a profile fit for roast chicken with cherry chipotle sauce or ham with a blackberry rum glaze. Roasted beets with arugula, goat cheese and toasted Marcona almonds complement the duo of spice and earth on the palate. The sweet oak is a match for aged Gouda or blue cheese drizzled with wildflower honey.

Additional Information

  • Composition100% Pinot Noir
  • Aging9 months in French oak
  • AppellationCarneros
  • Alcohol14.5
  • Production100

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 allowing us to pick each block at its optimal ripeness. The yields were average & the fruit quality was excellent.