Tastings.com 95 pt. 2013 Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir (PDF)
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.
Tastings.com 89 pt. 2013 Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir (PDF)
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.
2016 Wine Bloggers Conference
On August 13, we participated in the 2016 Wine Bloggers Conference in Lodi, CA, which brought more than 100 folks together who regularly taste and express their passion for great wine through their wine blogs and social media posts. Below is a sampling of wine blogger tweets about Windrun Wine’s 2013 Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir:
Catherine Todd @damewine
Earthy more Burgundian style, complex & elegant. Nice! @winebloggerscon #WBC16
Taylor Eason @TaylorEason
A Pinot with serious oomph from @Windrun_Wine. True varietal taste after all the others I’ve tried today. #wbc16
@Windrun_Wine 2013 Pinot Noir is a blend of 5 clones. Lots of blackberry!! #WBC16 #LodiWine #Wine
2013 Pinot Noir Sta.Rita Hills @Windrun_Wine Ken Brown winemaker. Red and blackberry with nice minerality wbc16
Nancy Brazil @MsPullThatCork
Meeting an old friend #pinotnoir @Windrun_Wine @WineBloggersCon #WBC16 #StaRitaHills
@Windrun_Wine 2013 Pinot Noir an owners pride and joy! Blackberry fruit with a little bit of spice #WBC16
Michelle Williams @Fiery01Red
2013 @Windrun_Wine Sta Rita Hills Pinot Noir perfectly SRH elegantly balanced #WBC16
Brianne Cohen @SOMMspirations
‘13Pinot Noir from the Santa Rita Hills @Windrun_Wine tart red cherries in a bowl in my kitchen! Where’s the salmon? #WBC16
Jeff Burrows @foodwineclick
Wine2 @Windrun_Wine pinot noir dark in color. Friendly at the dinner table.
@Windrun_wine 2013 Pinot pencil shavings, on bright cherry fruit with a clean finish.
Martin Redmond @MartinRedmon
@Windrun_Wine PN Inviting earthy red fruity and spice #WBC16
2012 Pinot-Noir, San Luis Obispo (Gold 93), 2013 Pinot-Noir, Santa-Rita-Hills (Gold 91), 2013 Pinot, Santa Barbara (Silver 86), 2013 Chardonnay, Santa Barbara (Silver 88).
“The wine opens with bright fruit aromas and a bouquet of brown spice, floral notes, and faint tobacco that complement the ripe flavors of Bing and dried red cherries with touches of cranberry and nutmeg. The flavors are lively yet rich and they lead into a silky finish.”
“It’s inky opaque, with lots of red raspberries and the medium tannins… It has a silky smooth finish… like silk sheets. A bit more substance than the satin sheets, but both are ever so smooth and delicious.”
“Tasting the medium to full-bodied wine reveals a wonderful combination of deep, tart, sweet dark berry and cherry fruit plus excellent earthy notes to balance it out. Smooth and savory, this is a heck of a nice example of Pinot Noir.”
“Moderately light reddish purple hue in the glass. The deeply aromatic nose offers a very pleasing marriage of black raspberry, dark cherry and rose petal scents. Noticeable fruit presence and a deft touch of oak make this cherry-driven offering a delight. Nicely balanced, with a modest, but gratifying and elegant finish.”
“…light ruby-garnet color in the glass. Give this wine some time to open up and you will be rewarded with earthy, berry bramble aromas that clearly identify it as Pinot Noir. Cherry and cranberry flavors combine with smooth tannins and a light body to produce a wine that is elegant and well balanced.”