2011 Goldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Confluence Vineyard
Our Confluence Vineyard is located in the heart of the Anderson Valley, adjacent to the headwaters of the Navarro River. The vineyard offers a unique range of soils, from benchland to gravel strata, as well as varying exposures including hillside slopes and protected pockets. This natural diversity allows us to choose clones ideally suited to each specific vineyard block, ultimately yielding grapes possessing a variety of expressive flavors and characteristics. The opulent Pinot Noir produced from this valley floor vineyard displays voluptuous red fruit components and plush, supple tannins.
Varietal Content: 100% Pinot Noir; Cooperage: 65% New, 35% Second French Oak; Medium toast: Allier, Vosges and Tronçais Forests
While its brooding, deep, dark fruit nose announces the serious intentions of this intricate Pinot Noir, what is striking about the first sip is how graceful and feminine it is. A supple, suede–like texture underscores the lush, round entry, carrying through to a seductive mid-palate filled with flavors of ripe red cherry, Damson plum and cinnamon spice. This is a wine of great depth and breadth.
The 2011 growing season was the coldest in the 15-year history of Goldeneye. In the vineyard, we benefited from our experience as cool-climate winegrowers, and the exacting control we are able to apply to our Estate vineyards. We adjusted practices to compensate for the weather, with extra leaf pulling and vineyard-floor cultivation. We also did extensive fruit drops in multiple passes to encourage complete ripening with overall yields of approximately 2 tons per acre. The long, temperate season allowed for extended hang-time, and the majority of our grapes were harvested before the rains. The resulting wines are bright and elegant with slightly lower alcohols, lovely aromatics, natural acidity and pure fruit flavors.