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Winemaker Kenny Likitprakong, a University of California at Davis graduate who has made wine under several labels (Hobo, Banyan Wines, Folk Machine), took over the farming of a 10-acre vineyard owned by the Woodruff Family consisting of 4.5 acres of Pinot Noir and 3.5 acres of Chardonnay. He crafts small lots of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from this vineyard and Aptos Creek Vineyard, both in the Santa Cruz Mountains appellation under the Ghostwriter label.
The wines are in limited production with some retail distribution.
2010 Ghostwriter Woodruff Family Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir
13.2% alc., $44. · Light reddish color in the glass. Aromas of strawberries, red cherries, sandalwood and wood spice, with wood predominating over time in the glass. Relatively light in weight, with appealing flavors of ripe strawberries and cherries with oak in the background. Supple tannins with a good spark of acidity make for an easy drinking, food friendly wine. Fashioned for drinking now. Good. Reviewed October 2, 2012 ARTICLE »
2008 Ghostwriter Aptos Creek Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir
14.2% alc., $40. · Moderately dark purple color in the glass. Perfume of plum pudding, cardamon and oak spice. Riper, sappy fruit flavors of black plums, plum sauce and blackberries in a medium to full-bodied style. Admirable finesse and smoothness on the palate with moderate tannins, complimentary oak and some persistence on the finish. Source: website and retail. Good (+). Reviewed July 1, 2011 ARTICLE »