91 Points - Wine Spectator
2018 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.
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Varietal Composition: 100% estate Pinot Noir
With its ripe strawberry and red plum aromas and its fetching hints of mint and wildflowers, this is a fresh and radiant expression of Pinot Noir. On the palate, juicy red berry flavors are buoyed by bright acidity, with firm tannins and hints of dusty iron, mint and black tea adding complexity to the long, lush finish.
The 2018 growing season was one of the finest Anderson Valley Pinot Noir vintages of the past decade. A dry winter and a cool, damp spring delayed budbreak and bloom by several weeks, and helped the vines to avoid any potential spring frost issues. Lovely weather throughout summer allowed for abundant hangtime and ideal ripening, leading to our first Pinot Noir pick on September 12th. The temperate weather continued into autumn, ensuring that we were able to pick every block and vineyard at the height of perfection. As a result, our 2018 wines are beautifully aromatic, with striking natural acidity, rich textures and alluring varietal flavors.
0.53 g/100 ml
Aged in 60% new French oak, 40% neutral French oak (25% old wood, 15% once-filled)
Cold-soaked for 3 days using natural temperatures, fermented in small open-top tanks, punched-down twice a day & pressed using basket press.
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