Lance Mason founded Windrun in 2010, with the vision of only producing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the best regions Santa Barbara has to offer. When looking for a winemaker, he started at the top. And fortunately for him - and for us - stayed there. Windrun's Ken Brown is one of our favorite winemakers.
Ken is a California native whose interest in wine started in the mid 1970s, earning his degree at Fresno State and eventually becoming the first winemaker at Zaca Mesa in the Santa Ynez Valley.
He and his wife, Deborah, founded Ken Brown Wines in 1984, which he eventually sold to Mondavi in 1990. However, his close association with Tim Mondavi and their mutual love of Pinot Noir caused them to work on multiple projects together, an association that continues to this day.
To say that Ken understands the Pinot Noir grape as well as anyone in California would be an understatement. He has been crafting some of the best Pinot wines the state for decades. And our selection is no exception.
Here is a pure, unadulterated expression of Pinot Noir with few equals. The color is lighter than most, as it should be. Pinot Noir skins are thin and emit less color than most red grapes. Only by manipulating the grape can you get darker color, which we feel is a mistake. Here, instead, all you get is purity and grace. An outstanding offering.