2016 Goldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Split Rail Vineyard
Located in the cool heart of the Anderson Valley, along California’s windswept Mendocino Coast, Split Rail has a varied topography of undulating slopes and benchlands. With 16 distinct blocks of Pinot Noir and nine different clones, it is also one of our most diverse vineyards. This diversity contributes to a complex and nuanced expression of Anderson Valley Pinot Noir that balances focused red fruit elements with impeccable structure and depth.
Varietal Content: 100% Pinot Noir; Cooperage: 100% French oak - 60% new, 20% second vintage, 20% neutral
This rich and opulent wine begins with enticing aromas of ripe strawberry, plump blueberry, baking spices and sweet pine needles. On the palate, the juicy berry flavors are buoyed by firm tannins and lively acidity, with hints of clove and cinnamon adding complexity to a long, lush finish.
The 2016 growing season delivered another exceptional vintage to the Anderson Valley. Early and consistent spring rains provided for an excellent fruit set, followed by ideal summer temperatures, which brought the acidity and flavor profiles of the grapes into perfect balance. This sequence led us to begin harvesting our warmer estate vineyards beginning in mid-August, while a well-timed mid-September heat spike allowed our grapes in the cooler “deep end” of the valley to develop beautiful structures and lush flavors.
I really enjoy this wine. This is the type of Pinot that shows the breadth of what the Goldeneye label can produce. I love Pinot Noir. It's a great red that's robust enough to hold up with most food but not quite the tannin-bomb as, say, a Cabernet can be. This is a really fruity and acidic Pinot, and that's a good thing. This is also a wine that finishes with a little bit of spice, almost some heat. It's a nice finish paired with a rich and enjoyable mouthfeel. It's toothsome yet fresh. It's quite enjoyable overall. This is a great wine that pairs well with food or is really drinkable alone. I completed this review in exchange for compensation and free product, but all views are my own.