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Seawind Wines

Owner(s) Ken Dunkley
Web site www.seawindwine.com
 
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Ken Dunkley, the owner and winemaker at Seawind Wines, began making wine in 1976 as a University California Davis student studying food microbiology. Fermentation became Dunkley’s passion and has been his personal and professional interest for 30 years. He started Seawind Wines in 2006 to craft premium, single-vineyard Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Ken sources fruit from vineyards in cool coastal valleys and makes his wines as Crushpad in San Francisco in collaboration with recognized winemakers.

Seawind wines are available online.

Reviewed Wines

2007 Seawind Sleepy Hollow Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

14.0% alc., 75 cases, $44. Owner and winemaker Ken Dunkley produces artisan Pinot Noirs from bought fruit at CrushPad in San Francisco. Ken began making wine in 1976 while a student at University California Davis and has had a career in fermented foods and drinks. He started his commercial wine venture in 2006 and has already won awards in major wine competitions. Unfortunately he will not have access to this fruit in future vintages. 100% de-stemmed, 25% whole berries, 4-day cold soak, aged in 25% Francois Freres oak barrels for 9 months. Unfined and unfiltered. Sold on the website. · Moderately deep garnet color with a very slight cloudiness. Very sensual aromatics featuring darker fruits and Asian spices. Lushly fruited, mouth filling plum flavors. Reviewed April 18, 2009 ARTICLE »

2007 Seawind Sleepy Hollow Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

14.0% alc., 75 cases, $44. Sourced from older vines, Martini clone. 100% de-stemmed. Fermented in small open-top fermenters with natural and inoculated yeast. Aged 10 months in 33% new French oak. · Dark ruby color. Aromas of black cherries and toasted brioche. Rich and full palate of berries and plums with an earthy undertone. Fruit-driven and linear with supple tannins and a clean finish. Reviewed July 9, 2009 ARTICLE »

2007 Seawind Split Rock Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., $44. · Dark ruby color. Primarily dark fruits are featured, in particular black raspberries. The bright fruit is complimented by notes of cardamon spice, oak, smoke and citrus. The tannins are corralled, the texture is quite silky and the lively acidity makes for a refreshing drink. Reviewed July 9, 2009 ARTICLE »