New Releases from Carneros-Based Windvane
Windvane 2015 Pinot Noir Carneros
Brimming with youthfulness, this Pinot Noir boasts showy, bold fruits. Black plum, blackberry and a hint of anise give this wine lovely definition. There’s good weight without heaviness, sublimely structured tannins and perfectly discreet acidity to keep the mouth watering without any structural element seeming obvious. Though 14.5%, this is an impressively easy-going and seamless Pinot Noir.
Windvane 2016 Chardonnay Carneros
This is lovely Chardonnay with a classic California character. It smells of buttered and salted popcorn with roasted yellow apples. Though full-bodied, there is no heaviness here thanks to the bright and almost crunchy acidity. There’s a lightly creamy, glycerol-driven film that rests on the palate well after the flavors have subsided on the moderate and slightly dusty finish. Delicious and open now, this wine’s exuberance is best enjoyed in its youth as its straightforward character suggests this wine may not develop much further to benefit in bottle.