WindVane Carneros Pinot Noir
100% Estate Pinot Noir.
The Pinot Noir grapes, from individual vineyard lots, are gently hand harvested at night into small 30lb picking boxes in order to bring the fruit into the winery intact and cold. They are 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 are punched down or wine is pumped over one to three times per day, determined by taste, to fine-tune the extraction of the skins. When optimal extraction is achieved, the free run wine is promptly drained from the skins and seeds and transferred to barrels for aging. Only the free run wine is used in this blend.
Aged 9 months in 100% French Oak.
Deep red with hints of ruby.
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.
Grilled pork loin with blackberry sage sauce, marinated flank steak, or ginger spiced blueberry shortcake. The bright acid stands up to firm textured cheeses.