The grapes were hand-picked in the cool of the night, then hand-sorted at the winery. The fruit was fermented in stainless steel tanks, with the same care and attention as the Wayfarer Pinot Noir. The wine aged in 30% new French oak barrels for 10 months. Boysenberry and cherry leap from the glass, with rose petal in their wake. The wine is seductive on the palate, with great density balanced by tart cranberry. A hallmark of coastal Pinot Noir, this vibrant tension lingers on the finish.
After three wet winter months, the 2019 growing season began with our Chardonnay pushing its first shoots on March 26th, followed by Pinot Noir on April 1st, about 10 days later than average. In May we had four times our normal rainfall, with annual rainfall totaling 78 inches, 18 inches more than average. However, the clouds cleared and the sun came out just in time for bloom, and sustained through berry set. Mother Nature brought an ideal summer with both sunshine and mild temperatures, allowing the vines to mature beautifully and bringing phenolic ripeness and focused acidity to the fruit. We began harvest with Chardonnay on September 13th, and concluded with both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir on October 5th.
Wayfarer WF2 wines are limited production, high quality and value driven. Fresh and vibrant yet richly textured, they capture the West Sonoma Coast in all its glory. These wines are inspired by the age old question of what to open on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday-you know you will have a great glass of wine every time you reach for a bottle of WF2.