Goldeneye Ten Degrees Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2015
As the pinnacle of our portfolio, Ten Degrees embodies the depth and diversity of our Anderson Valley Estate vineyards, resulting in a wine that offers power, poise and terroir-driven complexity. On the entry, it showcases notes of ripe red berries and strawberry preserves that are signatures of our Confluence Vineyard. As the wine evolves, it gains richness and drama, with a bold structural underpinning from our Split Rail Vineyard, and voluptuous layers of blueberry pie from Gowan Creek. Throughout, our Narrows Vineyard in the cold, northern end of the valley provides a rustic elegance, with accompanying hints of pomegranate, truffles and forest floor that carry through to a long, multifaceted finish.
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The 2015 Pinot Noir Ten Degrees is pale to medium ruby-purple in color. It has vague notions of warm red plums and kirsch, with dusty soil and dried herbs in the background. The palate is medium to full-bodied with just enough expressive fruit and earthy layers to fill the chewy frame, finishing on a mineral note.
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. 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.
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.
Anderson Valley, located in Mendocino County just above Sonoma County, is one of California’s coolest AVAs, allowing it a long growing season. Only 15 miles long, the region makes a slice eastward through the mountains, from the frigid Pacific Ocean. Dramatic diurnal temperature variations here preserve grape acidity and thus freshness in the finished wines. These are prime conditions for growing Pinot Noir, and the valley produces many fine versions. Characteristics of Anderson Valley Pinot Noir typically include crisp acidity, cranberry and strawberry notes as well as earthy notes of forest floor and mushroom.
Still Pinot Noir, however, is only part of the story. Pinot Noir, along with Chardonnay, are also grown for Anderson Valley’s exceptional sparkling wines. Produced via the traditional method, these offer a classic toasty note from lees aging, bright, complex fruit notes and a clean, refreshing character.