Wind Racer 2012 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir


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Delightful aromas of blueberry tea, anise, violets and plum expose the elegant personality of this wine while flavors of bright red cherries, cloves, vanilla and a subtle earthiness dance along the palate. The finely knit, subtle tannins demonstrate the unique, restrained quality that Anderson Valley lends to the overall impression of a wine.

WindRacer is a unique collaboration between two wine industry pioneers, Barbara Banke and Peggy Furth. The genesis of the winery came from a discussion about the merits of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from two of California’s top regions: Sonoma’s Russian River Valley and Mendocino’s Anderson Valley.

Barbara’s preference for the Anderson Valley was a testament to the precision and linear focus of the wines. Peggy’s fondness for the Russian River spoke to the opulence and exotic aromatics of the wines.

Both women know their way around wineries and vineyards. For many years Peggy was the proprietor of Chalk Hill Estate, one of Sonoma County’s most important producers. Barbara, as Chairman of Jackson Family Wines, oversees dozens of luxury-class wineries across four continents.

Both Chardonnays are farmed for low yields and harvested by hand on a block-by-block basis. The wines are fermented in French oak barrels and aged on the lees for 12-16 months with frequent stirring. Stylistically, the Anderson Valley is tight and crisp while the Russian River is rich and creamy.

Both Pinot Noirs are cold-soaked and fermented in open-tops with frequent punch-downs to extract full aromatics and flavors. The Russian River is deep and spicy with red fruit flavors; the Anderson Valley wines are produced in extremely limited quantities.


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