On our recent trip to Windy Oaks Estates tasting room in Corralitos, my husband and I shared two of their flights, plus some bonus pours. Altogether we got to taste a substantial range of their wines. We were really impressed by the elegance of the wines overall which tend towards a lighter, graceful style.
2015 Rosé Bastide la Combe Arroyo Seco, Monterey County – 100% Grenache. Inspired by the rosés of Provence, grown intentionally to make rosé, and made by the direct press method. Elegant and floral, with strawberries, raspberries, peaches, and a light hint of creaminess and lots of freshness. I’d happily drink this all summer. $21
2014 Pinot Gris, Monterey – Peaches and melons in cream, creamy apple, pear and a light hints of floral notes, and pleasantly brightness. Aged in stainless steel. $18
2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Santa Cruz Mountains – Grapefruit, kiwi, gooseberry, lime skin, green peppers, grass, and flowers. Aged in stainless steel. $18
2014 Monterey Chardonnay, Monterey County – Bright and fresh with apples and lemons. Ripe with a light creaminess to the texture, and stony note. Aged in stainless steel. $18.
2014 One-Acre Estate Chardonnay – Savory herbs, caramel apple, with a chalky finish. Vanilla comes in on the mid-palate with spices throughout, but all nicely integrated. A touch reductive when first opened, but then it opened up nicely. They recommended Dungeness crab with this one and I can absolutely see it being delicious. Aged 18 months in 25% new French Oak, unfined and unfiltered. $45
2015 Estate Pinot Noir Cuvée , Santa Cruz Mountains – Cola, bramble, black tea, with light hint of orange peel, lightly spiced with clove and white pepper, and a little herb finish. Aged for 17 months, 30% new French Oak. $39
2015 Estate Pinot Noir Terra Narro – Cranberry flavored with orange skins and cloves.Hints of floral notes. Aged 18 months, 35% new French oak. (At the tasting room I was told 25% new French Oak, aged for 17 months, but website says the former.) $29
2015 Estate Pinot Noir Diane’s Block, Santa Cruz Mountains – Light spice and cola, with warm cranberry and raspberries. This Pinot come from a slightly warmer area and shows the ripeness to match. Aged 17 months in 1st and 2nd-use French Oak barrels. $49.
2015 Estate Whole Cluster Pinot Noir, Santa Cruz Mountains – Thyme scented perfume wafts up. Spices and black pepper, with black tea, licorice and berries. Aged 22 months, 55% new French oak. $58
2015 Estate Wild Yeast Pinot Noir, Santa Cruz Mountains – Pink flowers, dark cherries and raspberries, tangerine skin, a touch savory, and spiced with clove. Aged 18 months, 40% new French oak. $58
2014 Estate Pinot Noir, Proprietor’s Reserve, Santa Cruz Mountains – Black tea and clove, heady with pink flowers. Exotic and seductive notes of potpuri, thyme, and sweet baking spices and white pepper. Red berries, red plums, and a little orange peel are layered throughout. Aged 24 months, 65% new French oak. $65
2014 Estate Syrah Vaccaro Family Vineyard, Santa Cruz Mountains – A elegant, cool climate Syrah with notes of lilacs, rose, and light whiff of pine over dark berries. An ethereal version of Syrah. Aged 21 months in 1st and 2nd-use French Oak barrels. $35
2013 Night Owl (Rhone Blend) – Very floral with red berries and cherries. $28