Westwood Estate Winery was established in 1998 by four friends with a love of wine and a desire to make something exceptional in Northern Sonoma Valley. By planting Pinot Noir and Rhône varieties in the Annadel Gap Vineyard, they hoped to harness the complexity of the geology with the unique climatic influences of cool winds, heavy fog and bright sunshine. Beginning with three clones of Pinot Noir planted in 2002, they quickly realized what ideal conditions they had found in this estate site, and made further plantings of another six clones to give an amazing array of lots for the winemaking team to explore.
Winemaker Ben Cane, with the help of David Ramey and the viticultural team, delights each year in creating separate lots of these unique Pinot Noirs. Employing biodynamic farming principles (and achieving certification in 2017) has allowed each clone of each variety grown to be fully expressed in both site and varietal. These Pinot clones each jostle for the attention of the team, looking to stand apart from their peers. Ben and the team have a veritable “Game of Clones” from which to choose each year as they make blending and bottling decisions to create the finest expression from the estate.
In 2017, the 943 Clone brings violet and rose floral notes with elegant precision and freshness. It has forged an alliance with the 667 Clone which provides lushness and power with velvety softness and longevity. Together they shall dominate their kingdom and bring peace and harmony to the Pinot Noir lovers of the world.