Deep red cherry and cedar spice

2015 Windvane reserve pinot Noir

About the wine

WindVane was created as an homage to the wind that contributes to the unique character of the wines of Western Carneros. The wines coming from these hand-selected vines are concentrated with great depth of fruit and a generous mouthfeel due to the intense wind which results in small crops of very slow ripening fruit producing intense character.

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 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 French oak barrels (50% new) for aging. After 9 months in barrels, the final blend was bottled.

The growing season of 2015 brought some challenges to our harvest. The spring brought us very early bud break but fortunately no frost. However during bloom the weather turned cold and rainy which resulted in the vines setting a very small crop. Weather through the summer was optimal without any excessive heat spikes or rain events. Between the small crop, the early budbreak and bloom the warm summer the fruit ripened to a near record early harvest. With the small crop and good weather the vines produced grapes with excellent concentration and intense character.


The nose opens with deep red cherry and cedar spice. In the mouth the intense cherry fruit is joined by some darker blackberry and the spice expands with earthy characters. This is all supported by a light layer of sweet French oak and toast. The mouthfeel is full and silky and balanced by bright acidity that continues through the long finish. Only 100 cases were produced.

Food Pairing

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 compliment the duo of spice and earth on the palette. The sweet oak is a match for aged Gouda or blue cheese drizzled with wildflower honey.

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