We started Banshee Wines in 2009 - three of us - friends from the wine business and circumstance, in San Francisco. We were all working day jobs in the trade: importing, marketing and making wine.
Without much of a plan, we decided to buy eight barrels of coveted Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir from a top producer. The wine was amazing, and the price was insanely low due to dropout of the $60+ per bottle market. We figured we would either sell the wine case-by-case to friends and family or at worst would be drinking great Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir for the next ten years (win-win). Instead, between a couple of relationships we had in California and on the East Coast, we ended up selling it all in five weeks time. And so it began.
Over the past few years, we've grown up at Banshee Wines. We've developed strong relationships with high-end vineyard owners in Sonoma and work in lock step with them to produce wines of depth, purity and balance. We have recruited an A+ winemaking team, including Ross Cobb (Hirsch, Flowers, Williams Selyem), Katy Wilson (LaRue, Flowers), & Tim Milos (Stags Leap, Opus One). And in August 2013 we opened the Banshee tasting room, in downtown Healdsburg - a refreshing and relaxed take on your typical tasting room.
Our offerings have never been stronger. Lip-smacking Rosé of Pinot Noir, crab-worthy coastal Chardonnay, the gentle giant that is Mordecai, and of course, some of the best damn Pinot Noir in the country.
The Banshee Wines mission remains the same as it was in those early days - to craft distinctive wines that over-deliver in every possible way.