2015 Goldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot Noir The Narrows Vineyard
Situated on a narrow ridgetop at the northernmost tip of the Anderson Valley, The Narrows Vineyard is a historic mountain ranch planted with mature Pinot Noir vines. A mere 10 miles from the rugged Mendocino Coast, this vineyard is affected by strong marine influences that produce summer fog and cooler daytime temperatures. It is the perfect setting for growing grapes of great intensity that embody the vineyard’s rugged beauty and wildness.
Varietal Content: 100% Pinot Noir; Cooperage: 100% French oak Burgundy-style barrels (228 liters) 60% New Oak, 40% Neutral; Medium plus toast: Allier, Vosges and Tronçais Forests
The hidden gem of the Goldeneye portfolio, The Narrows is nestled in the cool “deep end” of the Anderson valley on a steep hillside surrounded by redwoods. There, it produces a wild, rustic wine that is as complex as it is compelling, offering fascinating layers of wild mushroom, forest floor, pennyroyal and bright cranberry. Hints of toasty oak and a soft tannin structure accentuate the flavors, while carrying the wine to a long, satisfying finish.
At Goldeneye, we had the earliest start to harvest ever (August 13th), and our earliest finish (September 14th). In the Anderson Valley, early harvests are welcomed, as it can get very cold and wet by mid-October. After three vintages in a row of big crops, yields returned to near average levels, with the grapes showing phenomenal quality and purity. Because of the crop size and the early harvest, we had the luxury of picking all of our grapes at ideal physiological ripeness. As a result, the wines show all of the hallmarks of great Anderson Valley Pinot Noir, with equal parts lushness and beauty, mixed with savory notes, and a touch of wildness.