Wedding season has begun and has me traveling all over California to drink wine in honor of all my close friends taking the plunge. I found myself back in Paso Robles, and couldn't help but stop by Windward Vineyard since it was recommended to me by a close friend who is aware of my recent Pinot Noir obsession.
Windward is Pinot. ONLY Pinot. No blends of Pinot Noir and Syrah. Just Pinot Noir. Or as they say at the vineyard: "Exclusively Pinot Noir". Exclusive sounds way better.
The tasting room is surrounded by vines on vines on vines. Vines planted back in 1989. Youthful Paso Robles vines....younger than me...which I hate to admit.
The Pinot Noir here is meant for aging. Age the crap out of it. This wine is made in the Burgundian style so to speak sooo the flavor emphasis is coming from where it is planted and the earth it is grown in. This Pinot is less fruity and way more earthy.
This....is different for me. I tend to like my Pinots a bit softer. But I found a special place in my wine collection for a bottle of the 2012 Monopole Pinot Noir. EARTHY. SUCH EARTH. And complexity. Different. But I like it.
There is a tasting fee here, and I honestly do not remember what it is. But you do have to buy two bottles of wine for it to be waived. Or get chummy with some wine club members...or join the wine club yourself if you are so inclined.
And if you hate Pinot. Come for the the puppy cuddles. Try to say no to this face. You can't.