100% Pinot Noir
55% New, 45% Second Vintage French oak
Medium toast: Allier, Vosges and Tronçais Forests
Barrel Aging: 16 Months
A wine of structure and intensity, this Pinot Noir vividly reflects its hillside origins, delivering beautiful strawberry, red licorice and cherry flavors with laser-like precision. Brisk, vibrant acidity and a streak of sophisticated minerality add to this wine’s beautiful definition and clarity, while Gowan Creek’s signature cinnamon and spice notes bring a warm appeal to the long, lingering finish.
The 2011 growing season was the coldest in the 15-year history of Goldeneye. In the vineyard, we benefited from our experience as cool-climate winegrowers, and the exacting control we are able to apply to our Estate vineyards. We adjusted practices to compensate for the weather, with extra leaf pulling and vineyard-floor cultivation. We also did extensive fruit drops in multiple passes to encourage complete ripening with overall yields of approximately 2 tons per acre. The long, temperate season allowed for extended hang-time, and the majority of our grapes were harvested before the rains. The resulting wines are bright and elegant with slightly lower alcohols, lovely aromatics, natural acidity and pure fruit flavors.