2017 Goldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Confluence Vineyard - Hillside
In addition to marking the coming together of two creeks, our Confluence Vineyard embodies two distinct terroirs: rich-soiled benchlands and a steep hillside. This diversity has inspired two limited-production Pinot Noirs – Confluence Hillside and Confluence Lower Bench. Confluence’s hillside vines struggle in exposed wash-rock soils and the small berries yield a big, beautifully textured wine with bright red fruit flavors and lush silky tannins that have become the hallmark of Confluence Vineyard.
Once again, the hillside vines of Confluence Vineyard have yielded a vibrant and luxurious Pinot Noir with complex aromas of rich strawberry compote, iron earth and leather. On the palate, pure, focused flavors of strawberry and cherry are impeccably balanced by firm tannins and a bright acidity that bring out the more delicate nuances in this wine’s long, satisfying finish.
The 2017 season began with plentiful rains that resulted in healthy vines and an excellent crop. After ideal temperate weather throughout the summer, a significant September heat spell ushered in a brisk start to harvest. A return to normal temperatures, combined with thoughtful irrigation, slowed the pace and allowed us to continue picking each site at optimal levels of ripeness. The grapes arrived at our winery in exceptional condition, resulting in complex wines that embody the rustic elegance of great Anderson Valley winemaking.