Stylish and Restrained: 2012 WindRacer Pinot Noir

2012 WindRacer Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley, California

Wind Racer gets its name from an antique weather vane reclaimed in Kentucky as the namesake for a winery project partnership between Barbara Banke and Peggy Furth.

Barbara’s wines are from one of my favorite California Pinot noir growing AVA’s, Anderson Valley. This is some pretty damn tasty juice, the kind of wine almost everyone gets excited about.

The 2012 WindRacer Pinot Noir has aromas of ripe blackberries and dark tea start the party signaling a great wine experience is about to commence. On the palate, cherry, mocha and a light dose of vanilla from the deftly restrained oak regimen complete the package.

An additional bonus is the merlot like softness in texture with a good backbone of acidity delivering a style that is very desirable to any culinarian looking for the perfect pairing.

Rating: Excellent (91) | $50 | 14.5 % ABV

Wind Racer Pinot Noir


About the Author:

Marc has held almost every position in the food & wine industry and is committed to Celebrating Hospitality with Pride. In addition to being the co-founder and editor-at-large for Enobytes, Marc is a wine blogger contributor to (Wine Bytes) and writes the Wine Knowledge column in the print magazine About Face. The Contra Costa County Times, San Jose Mercury News, Tacoma Times Tribune and Washington Post have either interviewed or quoted Marc on his viniferous and culinary opinions. Marc has also appeared on Portland's "Vine Time" on News Radio 750 KXL and on California's Central Coast "From the Growing of the Grape to the Glass" on KUHL-AM 1410. He is also the author of A History of Pacific Northwest Cuisine: Mastodons to Molecular Gastronomy. While continuing to tenaciously search for what he may finally proclaim as his favorite wine Marc is relentless in his quest for the ultimate food and wine experience.

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