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2011 Goldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Gowan Creek Vineyard - Lower Bench

2011 Goldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Gowan Creek Vineyard - Lower Bench

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Offering an ideal southwestern exposure and an array of unique benchland and hillside vineyard blocks, Gowan Creek Vineyard brings together elements from both the Anderson Valley’s warmer regions and its cooler, northern “deep end.” This diversity has inspired two limited-production Pinot Noirs─Gowan Creek Lower Bench and Gowan Creek Hillside. Though both wines offer the wild, blue fruit flavors that are signatures of the vineyard, this bottling spotlights the lush, opulent and fruit-driven character of grapes grown in the deep alluvial soils of Gowan Creek’s fertile lower bench sections.



Wine Profile

Production Notes
100% Pinot Noir Cooperage - 55% New, 45% Second Vintage French oak Medium toast: Allier, Vosges and Tronçais Forests Barrel Aging: 16 Months
Winemaker Notes
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.
Other Notes
Released: September 2014

Wine Specs

Wine Specs
Pinot Noir
Vineyard Designation
Gowan Creek Vineyard - Lower Bench
Harvest Date
September 30 – October 15, 2011
25.0 Brix
0.47g/100 ml titratable acidity
Bottling Date
February 2013
Alcohol %

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(Jun 15, 2017 at 8:15 PM)
Opened and finished 6/15/17. Excellent wine. Paired well with balsamic rosemary grilled chicken with balsamic carmalized red onions. Still age worthy and nice acidity. Full of fruit.

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