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2016 Westwood Pinot Noir, Wendling Vineyard, Anderson Valley

2016 Westwood Pinot Noir, Wendling Vineyard, Anderson Valley

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This dried wild flower and sage-perfumed Pinot Noir has a finely structured and velvety palate that originates with dark chocolate cherries and strawberries, continues with fresh forest berries and a dusting of cocoa powder, ending with a silky finish of rhubarb, spearmint and pine needles.

94 Points - Jeb Dunnuck

The 2016 Pinot Noir Wendling Vineyard also comes from a cooler vineyard, this one in Anderson Valley. Made from a mix of clones (Pommard, 667, Calera, 828, and 115) and aged 16 months in 56% new French oak, it offers complex notes of dark cherry fruits, spice, and loamy soil as well as medium-bodied richness, plenty of texture, and a great finish. It’s a complete, balanced, incredibly high-quality Pinot Noir to enjoy over the coming decade.

94 Points - Tasting Panel

Spiced oak and cinnamon cherries form an exquisite perfume that leads into a more savory palate. Nutmeg, clove, and cranberry are filled with a mocha-cedar center. Dried heather adds flavor to the wine’s textural weight.

Wine Specs
Pinot Noir
Anderson Valley
24.3-25.8 Brix
16 months French Oak
Cases Produced
310 Cases
Alcohol %
Wine Profile
Vineyard Notes
Wendling Vineyard lies at the NW part of the Anderson Valley AVA - the closest vineyard to the Pacific Coast. Its 23 acres sit at 450’ elevation, on a south-facing slope in uplifted sandstone clay. Bathed in cool Pacific breezes and thick fog, the Pinot Noir grapes develop deep power and intense aromatics. Five clones - Pommard (33%), 667 (33%), Calera (12%) 828 (11%) & 115 (11%) - were hand-harvested at night.
Production Notes
Clones were kept separate, hand-sorted, and fermented individually. 25% whole cluster, 5-6 days cold soak, gentle punch downs 1-3 times daily, 18 days on skins & gently basket pressed. Gravity fed to French oak barrels (56% new). Aged 16 months on lees, gently fined, bottled unfiltered.