Banshee 2016 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
THE WINERY: We started Banshee Wines in 2009 at a bar in the Dogpatch neighborhood of San Francisco. With money borrowed from our friends and family, Banshee Wines was launched with eight barrels of coveted Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. Our initial intent was to make wines that tasted like the best California had to offer, but were priced so that everyone could enjoy them.
After a few years, we migrated up to the small but bustling town of Healdsburg, in the heart of Sonoma County. From here, we’ve developed strong relationships with the owners and growers of some of the best and most coveted vineyards in Sonoma, working in lock step with them to produce wines of depth, purity and balance. We strive to makes wines with the complexity and deliciousness of those found at the very top of the quality and price scale, but at a price that is affordable for everyone and not just the uber-wealthy.
The Banshee Tasting Room opened in August of 2013 in downtown Healdsburg, a refreshing and relaxed take on your typical tasting room. It’s more like hanging out at our house and sharing some wine with us, rather than bellying up to an ever-crowed tasting bar.
Our offerings have never been stronger. Lip-smacking rose, crab-worthy coastal Chardonnay, the gentle giant that is our “Mordecai,” and of course, some of the best damn Pinot Noir in the country.
Today the Banshee Wines mission remains the same as it was in those early days – to craft distinctive wines that over-deliver in every possible way.
VINTAGE: The 2016 vintage officially was the last of the drought vintages that began in 2012. While they were all marked by long hot summers and early harvests, both '15 and '16 featured lower yields than the preceding years. In addition to just-decent weather at bloom which caused moderate yields, the plants very well may have just been a little gassed after the bounty from 2012-2014 vintages.
The upside to low moderate yields is that the grapes that were there picked up added levels of intensity and depth. This vintage we sourced from a variety of vineyards in the Sonoma Coast, including both of our Single Vineyard Designate sites, Heintz and Bohemian. These vineyards tended to deliver fully developed flavors at relatively high natural acidities, giving remarkable length and verve.
TASTING NOTES: The nose of this wine leans towards orchard fruit showing both apple and pear but also hints of tropical fruits and vanilla bean. In the mouth the wine is moderate weight but packs extraordinary depth of flavor, echoing the aroma with fuji apple, Meyer lemon, sage and vanilla panna cotta. The finish is all energy with mouthwatering citrus notes.