VOLUME 9, ISSUE 46
August 25, 2014
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Charles Heintz Vineyards: Getting to Know Winegrower Charlie Heintz and the Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah from His Very Special Vineyard Lucienne: Very Special Pinot Noir from the Santa Lucia Highlands Formaglini Vineyards Sips of Recently Tasted Wines A New Wave of Outstanding Print Wine Magazines Pinot Briefs Winemaker Up Close & Personal Paul Clifton, Director of Winemaking, Hahn Estates
Windsor Oaks Vineyards & Winery
A 710-acre estate with 250 acres planted with 18 different varieties of grapes. The vineyards are located with three AVAs: Russian River Valley, Sonoma Coast and Chalk Hill. There are over 50 distinct vineyard blocks throughout the steep hills, high terraces and low valleys.
The winemaker beginning in 2012 is Margaret Davenport, known for her work at Clos du Bois Winery as well as her eponymous wines, and the estate manager is Douglas Lumgair.
Small amounts of wine are crafted under the Windsor Oaks label, produced from special blocks on the estate. Several Pinot Noirs are offered from single Dijon clone bottlings to multiple Dijon clone bottlings. A value play, Masterpiece Vineyard, is grown, produced and bottled on the Estate and features In the Woods at Giverny, an artwork by Claude Monet. The wines are sold on the winery's website store.
The estate is open to the public 18 days a year as well as VIP tours and tasting by appointment (707-433-3810).
Articles About Windsor Oaks Vineyards & Winery
2012 Masterpiece Vineyards Estate Grown Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
14.1% alc., 2,500 cases, $13.99. A second label from Windsor Oaks Vineyards. Artwork on the label is In The Woods at Giverny by Claude Monet, 1887. · Light reddish purple color in the glass. Aromas of red rose petals, honeysuckle and green herbs. Lighter weight flavors of red cherries, red berries, dried herbs, and edible flowers. Easy to drink, with modest tannins and some fruit presence on the brief finish. Score: 85. Reviewed March 29, 2014 ARTICLE »
2012 Windsor Oaks Vineyards Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
14.6% alc., 280 cases, $30. Clones 777, 667, 115, 114 and 459. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. The appealing nose leads with aromas of raspberries, cherries and damp forest floor. The middleweight flavors of black cherry and cola are juicy and vivid. Very well crafted with a seamless presence of oak, acidity and tannins, finishing with plenty of cherry goodness. The potentially lush Russian River Valley fruit is held in check, making this wine particularly appealing. Score: 90. Reviewed March 29, 2014 ARTICLE »
2012 Windsor Oaks Vineyards Reserve Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
14.5% alc., 230 cases, $33.75. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass (slightly deeper in color than the regular RRV bottling). Shy, but pleasant aromas of dark Bing cherries and spice. Very polished and refined on the palate, with flavors of dark cherries, fraise du bois, cola and spice pulled into line with fine acidity. The complimentary oak is not intrusive, and the tannins are suave and integrated. A graceful interpretation of Russian River Valley Pinot Noir that is quite evocative. Score: 92. Reviewed March 29, 2014 ARTICLE »
2011 Windsor Oaks Vineyards Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
14.1% alc., 225 cases, $35. A blend of Dijon clones. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. The wine offers an array of pleasing aromas including cherries, red hard candies, herbs and dried rose petals. On the palate, it aims to please with deep red cherry flavor underlain with a hint of cranberry and baking spice. Quite juicy, with supple tannins and a saliva-inducing, mineral-laden acid spine. A fine reflection of the vintage. Good (+). Reviewed January 19, 2013 ARTICLE »
2011 Windsor Oaks Vineyards Reserve Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
14.6% alc., 175 cases, $45. A blend of Dijon clones from the finest blocks. · Medium reddish-purple hue in the glass. Inviting aromas of black cherry pie glaze with an array of subtleties including vanilla, herbs and rose petals. Extremely tasty mid weight black cherry cola flavor with a slight savory oak note in the background. Well-honed, firm tannins, softly textured, finishing with a lush cherry salute. This wine displays the ripe, lush cherry flavor that has brought notoriety to the Russian River Valley. Very good. Reviewed January 19, 2013 ARTICLE »
2009 Windsor Oaks Vineyards 4 Dijon Clones Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
14.5% alc., 145 cases, $35. Dijon clones 667, 115, 777 and 459. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Well-perfumed with aromas of Bing cherries, smoky oak and cigar box. The middleweight core of black cherries with complimentary accents of vanilla, Coca-Cola and smoke is tasty. The wine is welcoming with modest tannins and a soft mouth feel. Good. Reviewed January 19, 2013 ARTICLE »
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