2018 Windstream Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands

2018 Windstream Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands

Dark and structured with intense flavors of black cherry and raspberry. Barrel aging contributes nuances of oak spice and cedar with a long, mouth-filling finish.

The maritime influence of the Pacific Ocean creates morning fog and afternoon winds: an ideal climate for the production of world-class Burgundian varietals. This “stream of winds” directly aects the Sarmento Vineyard, which is located in the prestigious Santa Lucia Highlands appellation of Monterey. The soil is well-drained loamy sand with many fist-sized cobblestones. Winemakers Anthony Riboli and Arnaud Debons works employ traditional techniques and modern technology to create wines that express ripe fruit flavors with balance and finesse.

Windstream is handcrafted at Orcutt Road Cellars in the Edna Valley of San Luis Obispo. Both clonal selections are fermented separately in small, open-top tanks. The cap is “punched down” in order to delicately extract color without creating excessive tannins. After aging in French oak barrels, the individual lots are evaluated and blended. The wine is dark and structured with intense flavors of black cherry and raspberry. Barrel aging contributes nuances of oak spice and cedar with a long, mouthfilling finish.

Sustainability

Sustainability is our top priority. Our Paso Robles and Monterey vineyards are certified sustainable by CSWA. At our Paso Robles winery, solar panels provide 100% of the needed electricity, and wastewater is effectively reclaimed and recycled for additional uses.

Wine Making

Windstream Pinot Noir comes only from the best lots that our estate vineyards have to offer. Small lots are picked and fermented individually with minimal intervention to allow the true expression of the soil and climate. The wines are matured in a unique selection of hand-crafted 85% French oak barrels.

Details

AVA
Type
Red
Varietal
Pinot Noir
Region
California
Appellation
Santa Lucia Highlands
Vintage
2018
Vineyards
Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey
Technical
Primary Grape Variety
Pinot Noir
Aging
10 Months
Alcohol
15.1%
pH
3.7
TA
0.67 g/L