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Goldeneye Pinot Noir Gowan Creek Vyd. Anderson Valley 2013

Member Review by Chris Carpita:

Really smoky, tangy, and sweet, with a nice hit of black pepper on the palate up front. Very oak intensive. Goes down like a clown on assasinate-a-clown day.

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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

Member Reviews for Goldeneye Pinot Noir Gowan Creek Vyd. Anderson Valley

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Snooth User: Chris Carpita
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2007 02/09/2010

Really smoky, tangy, and sweet, with a nice hit of black pepper on the palate up front. Very oak intensive. Goes down like a clown on assasinate-a-clown day.


Snooth User: solomania9
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Vintage: 2007 02/09/2010

Soft gamey nose but opens up with huge spice in the mouth. Delightfully complex with tea, leaves, cola, but also a very slight melon note on the back end. Lean tannins. Great stuff.


External Reviews for Goldeneye Pinot Noir Gowan Creek Vyd. Anderson Valley

External Review
Source: WineExpress.com
01/03/2018

When Duckhorn Vineyards wanted to do Pinot Noir they went north where the cool climate Anderson Valley in Medocino showed real promise for growing complex richly textured Pinot Noir. Now, with five estate vineyards in the Valley, their Goldeneye Pinot Noir is a true success story. Is in the heart of the Anderson Valley and is home to the Goldeneye winery. The unique terroir of the Gowan Creek Vineyard brings together elements from the valley's warmer regions in the south and its cooler, northern end and offers an ideal Southwestern exposure. This limited single vineyard Pinot was aged 16 months in French Vosges, Troncais and Allier oak barrels. "This vintage from Goldeneye's Gowan Creek Vineyard is an earthy beast, rich and powerful, with exceptional depth. Showing a nose of damp earth, forest floor and mushroom, with layered aromas of black raspberry and strawberry, this is a complex pinot that is glorious now but with a bright future as well. The tannins are nicely integrated, and the wine shows hints of fall spice in the very long finish."


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Source: WineExpress.com
01/09/2018

When Duckhorn Vineyards wanted to do Pinot Noir they went north where the cool climate Anderson Valley in Medocino showed real promise for growing complex richly textured Pinot Noir. Now, with five estate vineyards in the Valley, their Goldeneye Pinot Noir is a true success story. It's in the heart of the Anderson Valley and is home to the Goldeneye winery. The unique terroir of the Gowan Creek Vineyard brings together elements from the valley's warmer regions in the south and its cooler, northern end and offers an ideal Southwestern exposure. This limited single vineyard Pinot was aged 16 months in French Vosges, Troncais and Allier oak barrels. Wine Review Online scored it 94 points saying "This vintage from Goldeneye's Gowan Creek Vineyard is an earthy beast, rich and powerful, with exceptional depth. Showing a nose of damp earth, forest floor and mushroom, with layered aromas of black raspberry and strawberry, this is a complex pinot that is glorious now but with a bright future as well. The tannins are nicely integrated, and the wine shows hints of fall spice in the very long finish."


External Review
Source: WineExpress.com
Vintage: 2011 12/12/2014

When Duckhorn Vineyards wanted to do Pinot Noir they went north where the cool climate Anderson Valley in Medocino showed real promise for growing complex richly textured Pinot Noir. Now, with five estate vineyards in the Valley, their Goldeneye Pinot Noir is a true success story. Is in the heart of the Anderson Valley and is home to the Goldeneye winery. The unique terroir of the Gowan Creek Vineyard brings together elements from the valley’s warmer regions in the south and its cooler, northern end and offers an ideal Southwestern exposure. This limited single vineyard Pinot was aged 16 months in French Vosges, Troncais and Allier oak barrels. Wine Spectator just gave it 92 points and Wine Enthusiast Magazine scored it 91 saying "A full-bodied Pinot Noir showing lavish new oak aromas and rich, ripe fruit flavors. The color is an appropriate medium-deep ruby tone, the aromas are like vanilla, toasted oak and nutmeg with a hint of rhubarb, and the flavors are like cherry and blackberry. As we sip, the oak flavors recede and the lively fruit character comes out, lingering on the finish."


External Review
Source: WineExpress.com
Vintage: 2010 12/12/2014

When Duckhorn Vineyards wanted to do Pinot Noir they went north where the cool climate Anderson Valley in Medocino showed real promise for growing complex richly textured Pinot Noir. Now, with five estate vineyards in the Valley, their Goldeneye Pinot Noir is a true success story. Is in the heart of the Anderson Valley and is home to the Goldeneye winery. The unique terroir of the Gowan Creek Vineyard brings together elements from the valley’s warmer regions in the south and its cooler, northern end and offers an ideal Southwestern exposure. This limited single vineyard Pinot was aged 16 months in French Vosges, Troncais and Allier oak barrels. This wine scored 93 points from Wine Enthusiast Magazine and the the Wine Spectator who said "Very rich, smooth, deep and complex, with layers of zesty plum, cherry and wild berry, touches of anise and herb, and fine-grained tannins that give the flavors traction on the finish. Drink now through 2020."


External Review
Vintage: 2007 05/11/2011

WS: 85 Points


External Review
Vintage: 2007 10/24/2011

Sleek, structured and full-bodied, showing good intensity and vibrancy. Offers dried berry, herb, sage and mineral notes, ending with dried-out tannins. Drink now through 2015. 12,527 cases made. -JL



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