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Goldeneye Pinot Noir Anderson Valley 2016

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Winemaker Notes: Combining the lush fruit of our warmer estate vineyards with the rustic elegance of grapes from the cooler “deep end” of the valley, this wine offers a beautifully complete expression of Anderson Valley Pinot Noir. On the palate, lively flavors of wild strawberry and cherry are in perfect harmony, with terroir-driven hints of saddle leather, anise, pennyroyal and wild mushrooms, as well as notes of confectionary spices and vanilla from aging in the finest French oak. Production: The 2016 growing season delivered another exceptional vintage to the Anderson Valley. Early and consistent spring rains provided for an excellent fruit set, followed by ideal summer temperatures, which brought the acidity and flavor profiles of the grapes into perfect balance. This sequence led us to begin harvesting our warmer estate vineyards beginning in mid-August, while a well-timed mid-September heat spike allowed our grapes in the cooler “deep end” of the valley to develop beautiful structures and lush flavors.

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Goldeneye:
The Goldeneye winery is dedicated to the production of world class Pinot Noir wines. It is located in the heart of Anderson Valley along the migratory pathway of the common Goldeneye duck. In 1990, after nearly fifteen years of making world-class Bordeaux style wines, Dan and Margaret Duckhorn embraced their growing passion for Pinot Noir. Their vision for Goldeneye was simple: to craft a di... Read more
The Goldeneye winery is dedicated to the production of world class Pinot Noir wines. It is located in the heart of Anderson Valley along the migratory pathway of the common Goldeneye duck. In 1990, after nearly fifteen years of making world-class Bordeaux style wines, Dan and Margaret Duckhorn embraced their growing passion for Pinot Noir. Their vision for Goldeneye was simple: to craft a distinctively California Pinot Noir of equal stature to their acclaimed Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot. Dan and Margaret approached this goal with the same care and attention to detail for which they had become respected in the Napa Valley. Over the next six years, the Duckhorns experimented with fruit from the Russian River, Sonoma, Carneros and Anderson Valley appellations. The Duckhorns were aware that Pinot Noir, an elusive and challenging grape, has the remarkable ability to reflect its terroir, more than many varietals. This awareness led them to narrow their exploration to Mendocino's Anderson Valley. With cool ocean fog, clay soil, and long, mild days, the Anderson Valley appellation had all the ingredients for producing world-class Pinot Noir. In 1996, the first 80-acre estate vineyard was selected, and the winery was officially christened after the Goldeneye duck whose migratory path crosses the region. In 1997, Goldeneye harvested its first grapes, a modest seven tons of estate fruit, yielding 375 cases of wine. After a decade of research, planning and experimentation, Goldeneye's inaugural vintage was announced in March of 2000. Since then, the winery has grown to include four estate vineyards, planted to 149 vine acres. These vineyards are planted with 19 different clonal varieties and enjoy the benefits of varying microclimates. By focusing on the careful cultivation of its estate vineyards, Goldeneye has been able to grow, while still remaining true to its philosophy of being a small, quality-driven winery. To maintain the integrity of each vineyard block and to allow for flexibility in the final blend, Goldeneye harvests, barrel ages and vinifies each lot separately. In addition, Goldeneye practices crop sensitivity with vertical shoot positioning and a dedication to low yields. Under the guidance of winemaker Zach Rasmuson, vineyard practices have been further refined to benefit the estate program. A Pinot Noir veteran, Zach brings his love of farming and his obsession with the varietal to Goldeneye. A strong advocate of the Anderson Valley and its potential to produce some of the finest Pinot Noirs in the world, Zach underscores his belief that quality is determined in the vineyard with a gentle, minimalist approach to winemaking. Zach has worked hard to define the evolving style of Goldeneye. With yields as low as two tons per acre, Goldeneye cultivates extracted, elegant fruit. The goal is to fashion a wine that expresses the depth and character of the Anderson Valley. In winemaking, Zach focuses on achieving a balance between fruit, extraction and oak. Working closely with the finest coopers to identify wood sources and blends that suit Goldeneye's style, Zach generally uses between 70 to 100 percent new oak from the world's finest coopers. Wood is sourced primarily from Allier, although Zach works with Vosges, Nevers and Bertanges as well. The toasting program is primarily medium, with some toasted heads. Founded on a commitment to quality, Goldeneye brings the tradition of viticultural excellence established by Duckhorn Vineyards in the Napa Valley to the Pinot Noirs of the Anderson Valley. With each new vintage, Goldeneye continues its evolution toward becoming one of the world's premier producers of Pinot Noir. Read less

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Vintage: 2012 09/01/2015

Three and a half glasses


External Reviews for Goldeneye Pinot Noir Anderson Valley

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
10/03/2019

Winemaker Notes: Combining the lush fruit of our warmer estate vineyards with the rustic elegance of grapes from the cooler “deep end” of the valley, this wine offers a beautifully complete expression of Anderson Valley Pinot Noir. On the palate, lively flavors of wild strawberry and cherry are in perfect harmony, with terroir-driven hints of saddle leather, anise, pennyroyal and wild mushrooms, as well as notes of confectionary spices and vanilla from aging in the finest French oak. Production: The 2016 growing season delivered another exceptional vintage to the Anderson Valley. Early and consistent spring rains provided for an excellent fruit set, followed by ideal summer temperatures, which brought the acidity and flavor profiles of the grapes into perfect balance. This sequence led us to begin harvesting our warmer estate vineyards beginning in mid-August, while a well-timed mid-September heat spike allowed our grapes in the cooler “deep end” of the valley to develop beautiful structures and lush flavors.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2014 05/22/2018

Production Notes: Varietal Content 100% Pinot Noir Cooperage 100% French oak Burgundy-style barrels (228 liters) 53% New Oak, 47% Second Vintage Medium toast: Allier, Vosges and Tronçais Forests Barrel Aging: 16 months Winemaker Notes: Nestled amongst the coastal redwoods of the majestic Anderson Valley, Goldeneye’s estate vineyards yield wines that exude the characteristics of their surroundings. Charming, but with a hint of wildness, plush yet rustic, this captivating Pinot Noir effortlessly balances layers of cherry, ripe cranberry and wild blackberry with notes of leather, earth and spice. Touched with a kiss of the finest French oak, it carries through to a velvety finish that is both long and lush. Production: For the third year in a row, the Anderson Valley enjoyed an outstanding growing season in 2014. A dry winter was followed by a very wet early spring that ensured enough water for another successful vintage. The vines developed with excellent balance, providing compact clusters and small berries, which in turn led to excellent color, texture and flavors. Harvest began two weeks earlier than normal, with ideal weather conditions alternating between the 70s and 80s. With no threat of rain, we were able to pick all of our grapes exactly when we wished, resulting in complex and richly textured wines. Across the board, yields were lower than the two previous vintages, and quality was sky high. Alcohol: 14.5% Sugar: 24.5° Brix Acid: 0.51g/100 ml pH: 3.89 ** Only 1 in Stock **


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2014 07/07/2017

Production Notes: Varietal Content 100% Pinot Noir Cooperage 100% French oak Burgundy-style barrels (228 liters) 53% New Oak, 47% Second Vintage Medium toast: Allier, Vosges and Tronçais Forests Barrel Aging: 16 months Winemaker Notes: Nestled amongst the coastal redwoods of the majestic Anderson Valley, Goldeneye’s estate vineyards yield wines that exude the characteristics of their surroundings. Charming, but with a hint of wildness, plush yet rustic, this captivating Pinot Noir effortlessly balances layers of cherry, ripe cranberry and wild blackberry with notes of leather, earth and spice. Touched with a kiss of the finest French oak, it carries through to a velvety finish that is both long and lush. Production: For the third year in a row, the Anderson Valley enjoyed an outstanding growing season in 2014. A dry winter was followed by a very wet early spring that ensured enough water for another successful vintage. The vines developed with excellent balance, providing compact clusters and small berries, which in turn led to excellent color, texture and flavors. Harvest began two weeks earlier than normal, with ideal weather conditions alternating between the 70s and 80s. With no threat of rain, we were able to pick all of our grapes exactly when we wished, resulting in complex and richly textured wines. Across the board, yields were lower than the two previous vintages, and quality was sky high. Alcohol: 14.5% Sugar: 24.5° Brix Acid: 0.51g/100 ml pH: 3.89


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2013 01/14/2017

Winemaker Notes: Nestled amongst the coastal redwoods of the majestic Anderson Valley, Goldeneye’s estate vineyards yield wines that exude the characteristics of their surroundings. Charming, but with a hint of wildness, plush yet rustic, this captivating Pinot Noir effortlessly balances layers of cherry, ripe cranberry and wild blackberry with notes of leather, earth and spice. Touched with a kiss of the finest French oak, it carries through to a velvety finish that is both long and lush.


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2012 06/30/2016

Quintessential Anderson Valley aromas of savory herbs, pinesap and wild berries soar from the glass. On the palate, a plush, dense mouthfeel supports lush flavors of raspberry and blackberry, as well as hints of licorice and red apple skin. Oak-derived notes of clove, brown sugar and vanilla pave the way to a supple finish hinting at sweet leather and loamy earth. - Winery


External Review
Vintage: 2011 12/12/2014

When Duckhorn Vineyards wanted to do Pinot Noir they went north where the cool climate Anderson Valley in Mendocino showed real promise for growing complex richly textured Pinot Noir. For this Anderson Valley bottling grapes are sourced from each of the single estate vineyards and from a few indepenant local growers. To further enhance the depth and complexity, winemaker Michael Fay selects only a small percentage of the finest fruit before applying small-lot, artisanal winemaking techniques. The wine was aged in 70% new French oak Burgundy-style barrels from the Allier, Vosges and Tronçais forests for 16 months. The Wine Spectator scored it 91 points saying "Offers complex aromas of ripe berry, roasted coffee, dried herb and cedary cigar box, holding focus and gaining length and persistence. Drink now through 2022."



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