Reflecting the Mendocino Coast’s unique marine influences, sites and soils, these grapes create sublime and sophisticated Pinot Noir. To further enhance natural depth and complexity, winemaker Michael Fay selects only a small percentage of the finest fruit for each vintage before applying small-lot, artisanal winemaking techniques.
100% Pinot Noir
100% French oak Burgundy-style barrels (228 liters)
65% New Oak, 35% Second Vintage
Medium toast: Allier, Vosges and Tronçais Forests
Barrel Aging: 16 months
The 2010 vintage of our flagship wine begins with inviting aromas of raspberry puree and fresh oatmeal cookies. The entry offers an intriguing hint of smoke and peppercorns that carry though to a mid-palate filled with silky tannins and cherry and raspberry flavors. On the finish, oak-inspired overtones of coffee and baking spice mingle with leather and fruit bringing this wine to a long, satisfying conclusion.
The season began with a wet winter and spring. Despite rain and cool temperatures we had a window of good weather during bloom, and saw little-or-no shatter. Overall, we set a normal crop load of approximately 2.0-2.5 tons per acre. We chose not to do any substantial leaf stripping. As a result, we saw almost no sun damage during a heat event in late August. This ideal hot weather allowed the vines to focus on ripening. Harvest began on September 14, and we picked our Estate vineyards block by block over five weeks. While the Brix were a little lower than normal, we always pick in a spectrum of Brix for added complexity, and all our fruit was in the preferred range. Overall, the 2010 vintage produced great color, fantastic aromatics and balanced acids, all with the fleshy structure and texture that are hallmarks of great Anderson Valley Pinot Noir.
My first bottle of Goldeneye 2009 Pinot Nior was at the Grand Hotel on Mackinaw Island. This bottle of wine added to the most romantic memory in time. Nancy and I enjoy at least 1 bottle a month for very special occasions. This is an excellent choice - very smooth and rich in flavor!
(Aug 1, 2013 at 4:14 PM)
absolutely great Pinot
(Dec 2, 2013 at 1:52 PM)
Just finished a bottle of the 2010 with my wife. It was our intention to drink just half the bottle last night. It was so balanced and delicious, it didn't last the night.
(Jan 12, 2014 at 8:58 PM)
Just finished a tasting this weekend at Duckhorn and was able to get a tasting off the menu of this amazing wine. Nor normally a Pinot buyer, I'm a proud owner of a few bottles and look forward to pairing with my next great meal.
(Feb 11, 2014 at 9:04 AM)
I dug the empty bottle out of the recycling bin in case there were extra drops. Enough said. Perfection.