100% Pinot Noir
55% New, 45% Second Vintage French oak
Medium toast: Allier, Vosges and Tronçais Forests
Barrel Aging: 16 Months
Grown on our Lower Bench, the grapes for this wine achieved beautiful ripeness delivering opulent, generous fruit flavors. At the same time, this wine reflects the geological origins of its riverbed alluvial soils, offering stony, mineral elements alongside hints of fresh-tilled earth. This is a rich and layered wine, with abundant tannins and wild, rustic flavors.
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.