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