Typically the Pinot Noirs coming from the Anderson Valley in Mendocino offer bright acidity and more rustic, berry notes. Goldeneye, when it was founded in 1996, has always capitalized on this, making excellent Pinot. Gowan Creek has long been a great source for Goldeneye, as it comprises both warmer and cooler growing areas. “This region yields remarkably distinctive wines,” says winemaker Katey Larwood. “They are lush and complex with an almost rustic grace.” Black cherry, red raspberry, boysenberry along with plum, blueberry and pomegranate notes fill the glass. This is backed up by earthy wild flowers and five spice. Everything is in line with this wine, making it a comprehensive and very enjoyable Pinot. The wine was aged in French oak only for 16 months, the barrels being comprised of new, used and neutral barrels.
ORIGIN: Anderson Valley, Mendocino
PRICE: $86/750 ml
SCORE: 92 POINTS