WindRacer Wines

Owner(s) Barbara Banke, Peggy Furth
Web site www.windracerwines.com
 
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WindRacer Wines

A partnership between good friends Barbara Banke (Kendall-Jackson) and Peggy Furth (Chalk Hill) producing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the Russian River Valley and Anderson Valley.

The small production is highly allocated and sold through a mailing list.

Reviewed Wines

2014 WindRacer Anderson Valley Chardonnay

13.5% alc., $40. · Moderately light golden yellow color in the glass. Nicely perfumed with aromas of lemon, spiced apple, nut oil, buttery brioche as well as notes of salinity and steeliness. Slightly viscous on the palate, with flavors of apple, lemon zest, custard and buttered toast. Nicely balanced, with an uplifting backbone of citrus-infused acidity, finishing with a bit of length. Still fine the following day when tasted from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Score: 91. Reviewed April 19, 2017 ARTICLE »

2014 WindRacer Russian River Valley Chardonnay

14.5% alc., $40. Clones 4 and 76 from Kelli Ann Vineyard. A mix of older and new blocks that replaced previously planted Pinot Noir. Gentle whole cluster pressed and fermented and aged 15 months in French oak barrels, 20% new. · Moderate golden yellow color in the glass. Subtle aromas of yellow apple, pear and melon are infused with the scent of beach sand. Somewhat reserved with more apple than citrus flavor and a touch of spice. The fruit is well-ripened but not tropical in character. Plush in the mouth with a thread of well-paced oak in the background, finishing on a lemon-lime note. A hint of alcoholic warmth peaks out as the wine warms in the glass. Score: 89. Reviewed April 19, 2017 ARTICLE »

2012 Wind Racer Anderson Valley Chardonnay

13.8% alc., $40. Robert Young clone (17). Aged 14 months on the lees with frequent stirring in French oak barrels, 26% new. · Moderate golden yellow color and clear in the glass. The nose opens with some reductive aromas of sulfur and flint, improving over time in the glass although no fruit shows up. Better on the palate, with flavors of lemon, peach, caramel and crème brûlée. Soft and slightly viscous, with a moderately long and chalky-textured finish. Score: 88. Reviewed April 22, 2016 ARTICLE »

2012 Wind Racer Russian River Valley Chardonnay

14.6% alc., $40. Clones 809 and Wente 4. Aged 14 months on the lees with frequent stirring in French oak barrels, 28% new. · Moderate golden yellow color and clear in the glass. The nose offers aromas of apple core, nori, lemon, yeast and gardenia. Soft on the palate with integrated, sound acidity, offering flavors of lemon-lime and briny apple. Lacks the lusciousness we have come to expect from Russian River Valley Chardonnay, seemingly even a bit faded as the wine is now four years old. Score: 87. Reviewed April 22, 2016 ARTICLE »

2012 Wind Racer Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 1,007 cases, $50. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. The nose picks up intensity over time in the glass, offering scents of very ripe black raspberry, ollaliberry and plum with a subtle mushroom note. Lush on the palate, with copious amounts of purple and black fruits accented with hints of pennyroyal, smoke, tar and vanilla. A ripe, bold style wine with tucked in tannins, good juiciness and some finishing generosity. A fine wine but the fruit really pushes the ripeness envelope. Score: 89. Reviewed May 11, 2016 ARTICLE »

2012 Wind Racer Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 1,527 cases, $50. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Aromas of ripe Bing cherry and dark strawberry leap from the glass. Full-bodied on the palate, with flavors of black cherry and cola. Silky and smooth with balanced tannins and a modest finish. This wine sports the luscious fruit typical of the Russian River Valley, but lacks the juiciness of the Anderson Valley bottling. Score: 89. Reviewed May 11, 2016 ARTICLE »

2009 Wind Racer Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.7% alc., 246 cases, $50. Released fall 2012. Clones 667, 777 and Wädenswil. !00% de-stemmed, 70% whole berries, 5-day cold soak. Aged 15 months in 34% new French oak barrels. · Medium reddish-purple hue in the glass. A richly concentrated wine featuring aromas and flavors of black cherries and black raspberries with a hint of herbs and oak. Impressive finishing length. This wine will find fans looking for powerful fruit flavors. Very good. Reviewed June 23, 2013 ARTICLE »

2007 Wind Racer Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.7% alc., $49. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Highly perfumed with aromas of black cherries, strawberries and sandalwood. Flavors of cherry, strawberry and rhubarb pie with a hint of mocha and cola in the background which enhance the appeal. Very lovely fruit with a delicate, but persistent oak-tinged finish. Soft and silky in the mouth and quite charming. More Russian River Valley than Anderson Valley in character due to the degree of ripeness and flavor profile. Very good. Reviewed February 22, 2012 ARTICLE »

2007 Wind Racer Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., $49. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. Pleasant, but demure, aromas of black cherries and subtle oak becoming more fruity over time in the glass. Medium weight flavor of cherry tart with supporting oak. The wine has a silky richness that Russian River Valley Pinot Noir is known for. The tannins are restrained, the whole package is nicely balanced and the wine is very drinkable now. Very good. Reviewed February 22, 2012 ARTICLE »



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