Windrun Vintners & Négociants

Owner(s) Lance Mason, W. Scott Burns
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Windrun Vintners & Négociants

Started in 2010 by Lance Mason to produce Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from grapes sourced from the Santa Barbara County appellation. Noted Santa Barbara County winemaker, Ken Brown, oversees the purchase, blending, finishing and bottling of these wines. The wines are produced at Terravant Wine Co. in Buellton, CA.

Windrun is a measurement of the amount of wind passing a station during a given period of time.

The value priced wines are nationally distributed and carried in better restaurants and hotels, fine wine retailers and select grocery stores. No tasting room, but private tastings can be arranged by appointment (see website).

Reviewed Wines

2015 Windrun Vintage Selection No. 12 Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., pH 3.44, 359 cases, $34. Four clones including 667 and 115 from primarily Evans Ranch and nearby vineyards. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. Moody aromas of well-ripened black fruits, raisin, toasty barrel and underbrush. Fruit driven in a mid weight style, with a foundation of blackberry and cassis flavors overlain with toasty, even charred oak. Deep, dark and mysterious, with integrated tannins, a satiny mouthfeel and some finishing intensity. Too much barrel input for my taste. Score: 87. Reviewed January 20, 2018 ARTICLE »

2014 Windrun Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., pH 3.46, TA 0.68, 733 cases, $32. 100% Wädenswil 2A clone, Sanford & Benedict Vineyard. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Enjoyable fragrance of Bing cherry, cola and brown spice. Light to mid weight oak-kissed cherry core that is more intense on entry than exit. Easygoing, silky and refined, with good acidity and equitable tannins. Score: 89. Reviewed January 20, 2018 ARTICLE »

2013 Windrun Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., pH 3.66, TA 0.68, 2,530 cases, $23. A blend of 5 clones grown primarily in the Santa Maria Valley. Fermented in stainless steel and aged in new and used French and American oak barrels for 6 months. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Shy aromas of cherry, sandalwood, and tobacco lead to a middleweight styled wine with juicy flavors of cherries and purple berries. Easy to like, with bright acidity, mild tannins and a pleasing cherry-driven finish, although the oak overlay is a bit heavy-handed. Score: 88. Reviewed February 5, 2016 ARTICLE »

2013 Windrun Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., pH 3.48, TA 0.67, 479 cases, $33. A blend of 5 clones from the Lafond Vineyard (Pommard, 115, 777, “828,” and 667). 100% de-stemmed, fermented in open tanks. Aged in neutral 500-liter puncheons for 10 months with complete malolactic fermentation in barrels. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Aromas of blackberry jam and woodland lead to a full-bodied charge of blackberry and black raspberry fruit flavors with an earthy undertone. The prodigious fruit is framed by bold tannins that stick out a bit on the finish. A fruit-driven wine that is a bit one-dimensional, and the wine’s devilish tannins supersede the acidity. That said, the fruit is ripe and luscious, and the fruit intensity really holds on to the finish. Score: 89. Reviewed February 5, 2016 ARTICLE »

2012 Windrun San Luis Obispo County Pinot Noir

13.6% alc., pH 3.72, TA 0.53, 1,648 cases, $23. Sourced from Edna Valley vineyards. · 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. Score: 89. Reviewed February 5, 2016 ARTICLE »

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