The SOMM Journal

June / July 2017

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{ }  39 ment of these disparate pieces of the puzzle that reflect this amazing site." Nearly three years after that first scary 2014 harvest, David Green says Westwood still has the feel of start-up, though it's not. "It's been 20 years in the making, but a project can't come together until you get the right people on board." Spending the day with them is fun and enlightening. There's a palpable comraderie arising from shoulders pushed to the wheel of a common cause and from loving what they do. The dynamic combination of wise experience, youthful energy and conscien - tious professionalism will indubitably guarantee Westwood's success. Stanton, who's already enjoyed considerable business success, admitted to occasionally feeling out of his comfort zone as they go through the revitalization process: "In my world, I'm more accustomed to consistency and getting better at one thing. That's just not wine—it's different every year. So, you have to trust your people. Here, consistency is in making the very best wine you can make every year." The Westwood Annadel Gap Vineyard Estate Pinot Noir and the small-production Heritage Clones Pinot Noir. Legend is a solid stake in the increasingly popular GSM category. The Westwood Estate Mourvèdre shows Ben Cane's deft hand with Rhône varietals. Managing Director David Green, Managing Partner Carl Stanton and Assistant Winemaker Natalie Winkler walk Westwood's Annadel Gap Vineyard. Winemaker Ben Cane came on board at Westwood for the 2014 harvest.

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