WINDRACER

 

SONOMA, CALIFORNIA 2018


 

 

WindRacer might sound like a delicate chime you pick up at a memorabilia shop in a small coastal town, but don't let the name fool you: this is a powerhouse of a winery, one that's putting out world-class wines of distinction and precision. It also remains — for now — one of the great values in all of California.
 

Last year, Forbes hailed their "small-batch, luxury" Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays made with fruit from "'extreme' viticulture sites in California" — high-elevation sites in Sonoma and Mendocino with rocky, nutrient-poor soils that tend to produce intense, concentrated flavors in the grapes.
 

Count us as fans, and particularly after a recent tasting of their 2018 vintages: the Skycrest Pinot Noir and the Alexander Mountain Chardonnay, both made in extremely limited quantities, and under the direction of the gifted Shaun Kajiwara, the Vineyard Director for Jackson Family Wines.
 

We're excited for you to try what so excited us.
 

But not only us. 
 

Wine Enthusiast awarded the Skycrest Pinot Noir 96 points, calling it "memorable" and singling out its "great fruit concentration, moderate tannins and subtle savory, spicy accents."  
 

It was deeply enamored, too, of the Chardonnay, lavishing praise, in its 93-point rave, on "a weighty midpalate of exceptional texture and richness" and "a palate of creamy intensity and concentration" that finishes in "a bite of brioche." 
 

With special Concierge Family pricing, the Pinot Noir comes in at a best price of just under $68 a bottle — a remarkable value for a wine of this pedigree and rating. The Chardonnay, meanwhile, is a flat-out deal at a best price of just under $50 a bottle.
 

WindRacer may be a relative upstart in the world of wine, but its founders, both women, are industry pioneers. Barbara Banke, a former land use and constitutional law attorney, is the chair of Jackson Family Wines, while Peggy Furth founded, alongside her husband Fred, launched Chalk Hill Vineyards and Winery. The two previously collaborated on two wine-focused business ventures: WholeVine, which sought to repurpose winery byproducts, and Vine to Bar Chocolate.
 

The two knew exactly what they wanted when they launched WindRacer: low-yield wines made from carefully selected blocks of grapes. Wines that don't look to fads or commerce for inspiration. Wines that take their sweet time to come to vivid life.
 

That they have managed to do this, while not attaching the kind of price tags that they could, is nothing short of remarkable. 
 

The smart play is to load up on all the WindRacer you can manage right now, while their ascent is in its infancy. You won't be sorry, I assure you, and (bonus!) you can say that you were there at the start. 
 

But act now to secure yours!

 


 

*Offer NOT valid in-store. This offer is made pre-arrival, with wines estimated to be delivered to your preferred store in Spring 2023. With the supply chain issues that we are seeing globally, there may be some unforeseen delays which could affect the ETA. All sale prices are the lowest available at Total Wine & More and ONLY valid through Concierge Sales. No further discounts or coupons may be applied. Offer not valid in MI, NY, or TN. This offer is for ONE WEEK, or until sold out, and will expire on Wednesday, January, 4th, 2023.

*Due to limited storage space for pre-ordered product, we can only hold orders for 30 days from the first notification that your order is ready for pickup. If you are unable to pick up your order within 30 days, please contact Concierge Sales at (855) 841-2752 or conciergesales@totalwine.com to make an arrangement. A store associate may reach out periodically to notify you of your order. Unfortunately, if no arrangements have been made, after 30 days, the order will need to be cancelled and we will provide a full refund.  No orders will be cancelled without multiple communication attempts.