Goldeneye Ten Degrees Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2018
Deep, rich and alluringly aromatic, this wine displays both red and black fruit notes, with layers of plum, blackberry, strawberry and raspberry mingling with hints of earth, anise, spearmint and saddle leather. On the palate, the lush fruit flavors are framed by a firm texture and a dynamic, acid-driven energy that provides lovely lift and focus to a long resonant finish.
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Red and black cherries, dry stone, black licorice and dried herbs on the nose. Medium-to full-bodied. Juicy and savory on the palate with espresso and bramble notes. Well-integrated tannins and good structure. Lovely dried-floral character on the palate. Molasses at the finish. Delicious. Drink or hold.
features a wildly aromatic nose of briar, balsamic, and earth. Soil-drenched blackberry jumps forward on the palate, accompanied by dried leaves, cigar leaf, and anise. Dusty cocoa and mulberry envelop leather and a hint of mint on the finish.
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.