2012 Goldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Gowan Creek Vineyard
Two miles north of the Confluence Vineyard in the heart of the Anderson Valley, our Gowan Creek Vineyard sees appreciably more coastal fog. The unique terroir of this site brings together elements from both the valley’s warmer regions and its cooler, northern “deep end.” Offering an ideal Southwestern exposure and an array of unique vineyard blocks, Gowan Creek is planted to eight different clones of Pinot Noir, each carefully tailored to a specific site and soil type. The powerful and expressive wine produced from these vines displays beautiful inky depth and robust, untamed fruit flavors.
Varietal Content: 100% Pinot Noir; Cooperage: 55% New, 45% Second Vintage French oak; Medium toast: Allier, Vosges and Tronçais Forests
This is an intense, opulent Pinot Noir that immediately commands your attention with a cornucopia of vivid plum, wild berry and black cherry flavors that sweep across the palate like waves along the rugged Mendocino Coast. Additional layers of violet and clove add complexity to this blockbuster wine and contribute to a compelling finish. Though rich, robust and exciting now, this wine possesses the stuffing to age for a decade or more.
After a cold, dry winter, we did extensive pruning to delay budbreak until the optimal time. Early spring rains and warm weather produced ideal conditions from bloom through fruit set. Though we set a larger-than-normal crop, the clusters were dense and compact with abundant small berries, which is perfect for high-quality wine. Warm summer days, cool nights and clockwork fog allowed for slow, even ripening and the retention of acidity. We harvested block-by-block over an almost languid two-month period. Like the Anderson Valley itself, the resulting wines are pure and complex, balancing a natural richness with a rustic elegance.
My first Goldeneye Pinot Noir single vineyard I tried. Think I tried at the Duckhorn pickup party. It was great. Bought a bottle and poured it tonight. Wow! My new favorite Pinot Noir. Bold and delicious. Can't wait to try their other single vineyard pinots.