2016 Banshee "El Pino" Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast
Many of you who have been to our tasting room in Healdsburg have seen the giant old neon “El Pino Club” sign prominently displayed. We found it at the wonderfully eclectic Alameda Flea market, where you can usually find us on the first Sunday of the month scavenging for artifacts. Besides almost reading as “Pinot”, in Spanish El Pino means “the pine” or “hacer el pino” means to do a handstand. You might find relevance in both those meanings after you crack a bottle of this Pinot Noir.
100% Pinot Noir
If you have enjoyed our Marine Layer Pinot Noir, think of El Pino as its wilder, darker sidekick. We love working on these blends side by side, selecting the more delicate tending barrels for Marine Layer and the more robust for El Pino. What is really interesting is that some of the selections hail from the same vineyard plots, so this is a true barrel by barrel selection, not necessarily vineyard based. We encourage you to try these side by side.
The 2016 El Pino is sourced from three vineyards: 50% from Tina Marie in the Green Valley sub-AVA, 33% from the Whistler Vineyard in Annapolis and 17% from Barlow in the Sebastopol Hills. We made only 6 barrels of this special wine, only available to our wine club members and for a limited time in the tasting room