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Windrun is a Santa Barbara County-based vintner solely focused on producing Pinot Noir from the prime vineyards of Sta. Rita Hills.

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Sta. Rita Hills

Our 15th edition of Windrun's limited-production bottling exhibits aromatics of bright cherry, baked rhubarb, raspberry, earth tones and more, and a nice balance of soft tannins and pleasant acidity.

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2016 Windrun Pinot Noir

Sta. Rita Hills

This vintage expresses aromatics of subtle earthiness, brown spices, and luscious dark cherries. Medium dark, the wine has a long, rich texture with soft, cohesive tannins.

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Windrun Pinot Noir

Sta. Rita Hills

With traces of wild blackberry, earth, and allspice, punctuated by a luscious, long finish, this elegantly balanced wine will continue to reward with extended aging.

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Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

Sta. Rita Hills

The near-perfect 2014 vintage is reflected in this Pinot Noir with its classic dark blackberry and cherry fruit core with hints of brown spice and earthiness.

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Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

Sta. Rita Hills

This wine exhibits classic blackberry fruit aromatics that blend with a bit of brown spice and a hint of smoke and minerality that linger on the palate.

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About Windrun

Great wine at great prices: That is our concept. Windrun Wine is a vintner that sells premium Sta. Rita Hills wines at reasonable prices. The quality of our wine surpasses many selling for twice as much. We focus on selecting the finest wines made from grapes grown in the prime vineyards of Sta. Rita Hills, then carefully blend them to emphasize their aromatics and balanced flavors.

Windrun Wine was founded by Lance Mason in 2010. A lifelong interest in wines carried him to some of the most famous wine growing regions in the world, and that fed a desire to create his own brand using the wines of his home region on the central coast of California. When an opportunity presented itself to work with legendary California winemaker Ken Brown, a new venture was born.

In naming the company, a term from Mr. Brown’s viticulture experience was selected. “Windrun” is a measure of the flow of cool breezes through a vineyard in the afternoon and evening, which is critical to the correct development of Burgundian grapes like Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The brand was born, and the first two Santa Barbara County wines, a 2009 Santa Barbara County Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, went to market later in the year.

Our wines are nationally distributed and carried in better restaurants and hotels, fine wine and liquor shops, select grocery stores, and a few chain stores.

Reviews

May 19, 2019

Wine Enthusiast awards 91 points for the 2016 Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

"Baked boysenberry, sandalwood and vanilla show on the nose of this bottling. The palate is dry and tight, with firm structure and strong acidity, carrying flavors of red fruit and cedar. - MK"

April, 2019

91 points from Wine Spectator for 2016 Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

"Refined, with good cut to the dark fruit and spicy flavors, featuring rich meaty notes. Suave tannins emerge on the finish, accented by cocoa powder hints. Drink now through 2023. 699 cases made. - KM"

May 15, 2017

2015 Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir receives 93 points from Wine Enthusiast.

"This vintage delivers a wine with deep and rustic cherry, boysenberry, sweet herb and aromas, the latter contributing a a penetrating floral dimension. Pure raspberry, potpourri and thyme notes pop on the palate, where clean acidity and tight tannins provide a light frame and carry the flavors toward a caramelized finish."

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May 15, 2017

2015 Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir receives 90 points from Wine Spectator.

Cherry, currant, and raspberry flavors are supported by caressing tanins. The silky textures linger on the finish, with Asian spice and licorice notes. Drink now, through 2022.

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September 22, 2016

Tastings.com 95 pt. 2013 Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

Exceptional. Dark dusty garnet color. Inviting aromas of Dr. Pepper, porcini mushroom, and oolong tea with a lightly tannic, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and an intricate medium-long wet earth, eucalyptus, rose and black pepper, and sponge cake with dried cassis finish. A concentrated Pinot Noir with complex hedonistic flavors.

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August 1, 2015 |

Tastings.com 89 pt. 2013 Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir

Highly recommended. Bright brick red color. Fruity aromas and flavors of cherry cola, cinnamon, vanilla fondant, and redwood forest with a lightly tannic, lively, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, amusing, medium-long cherry lonzenge, iron rich soil, and sage finish with dusty, earthy tannins and light oak. A well structured Pinot Noir asking to be cellared.

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Windrun Wine has a proud relationship with its distributors, and we extend ourselves to supply the best wine value in California Pinot Noir to this network of partners, who range from Idaho to Florida. Please contact us if you are interested in becoming a distributor. Thank you.

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