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2016 Windy Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir
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Pinot Noir
Santa Cruz Mountains
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2016 Windy Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir

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Windy Hill always produces some of our most aromatic Pinot Noir. The soaring nose is confirmed by the expressive palate- juicy red fruits, spice and a background of forest-floor. This wine is drinking quite well in its youth, but should evolve quite nicely over the next 5-7 years at minimum.

The Windy Hill Vineyard, re-planted in 2012, is perched on the very top of the Fogarty Estate at just under 2000 ft. These 2.5 acres, are buffeted by wind, drenched in fog and grown in desperately shallow soil; Windy Hill is a tough place to be a grapevine. Lucky for us this leads to fantastic fruit. The wines are ethereal with red fruits, spice and distinct mineral notes. This is our tightest-spaced Estate Vineyard and is planted to old California Heritage Selections of Pinot Noir.
Production Notes
The 2016 Vintage was another drought year, with early bud-break, bloom and veraison. Poor weather during the early bloom caused shatter and millerandage. Vine stress became an issue late in the year with many of our dry farmed vines showing water and nutrient stress for the first time. The resulting wines are bright and energetic with mid-weight personalities. They are profoundly aromatic and balanced wines that are site expressive and pure.
Other Notes
The 2016 Pinot Noir Windy Hill Vineyard comes from a site that was replanted in 2012 with tightly spaced Calera, Swan, and Mt. Eden clones. It’s a sensational Pinot Noir that tastes like a Grand Cru Red Burgundy with its notes of forest floor, damp earth, salted meats, and both red and black fruits. Medium to full-bodied, layered, and perfectly balanced on the palate, it has both power and elegance, and is one of the finest Pinot Noirs I’ve tasted from winemaker Nathan Kandler.
Food Pairing Notes
96 points, Jeb Dunnuck