Varietal Content: 100% Pinot Noir; Cooperage: 100% French oak Burgundy-style barrels (228 liters) 60% New Oak, 40% Neutral; Medium plus toast: Allier, Vosges and Tronçais Forests
Graceful and complex, with soft, silky tannins, this Pinot Noir displays vibrant aromas of candied cherry and strawberry preserves. The flavors are echoed on the palate, where they mingle with oak-inspired notes of vanilla and spice. A beam of bright natural acidity adds poise and freshness, while carrying the wine to a long, elegant finish.
At Goldeneye, we had the earliest start to harvest ever (August 13th), and our earliest finish (September 14th). In the Anderson Valley, early harvests are welcomed, as it can get very cold and wet by mid-October. After three vintages in a row of big crops, yields returned to near average levels, with the grapes showing phenomenal quality and purity. Because of the crop size and the early harvest, we had the luxury of picking all of our grapes at ideal physiological ripeness. As a result, the wines show all of the hallmarks of great Anderson Valley Pinot Noir, with equal parts lushness and beauty, mixed with savory notes, and a touch of wildness.