95 Points - Wine Enthusiast
2019 Goldeneye Ten Degrees Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
In 1996, building on their tradition of excellence established at Duckhorn Vineyards, and their growing love of Pinot Noir, Dan and Margaret Duckhorn came to Anderson Valley to found Goldeneye. Anderson Valley has since earned acclaim as one of the world’s greatest Pinot Noir regions. Representing the pinnacle of our winemaking portfolio, Ten Degrees is made from only our finest lots, making it a Pinot Noir of unparalleled grace and grandeur.
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Varietal Composition: 100% estate Pinot Noir
Beautifully complex and alluring, this remarkable wine embodies the majesty of the Anderson Valley, offering tantalizing aromas of Luxardo cherry, blackberry compote, white pepper and sweet baking spices, as well as hints of star anise and sea breeze salinity. On the palate, luxurious black and red berry flavors are framed by plush tannins and bright, balanced acidity. Beneath the fruit, subtle layers of earthy minerality emerge to create a lush and sophisticated finish.
The 2019 Anderson Valley growing season produced one of the most exceptional vintages in Goldeneye’s three-decade history. A dry winter and cool, wet spring delayed budbreak until the first week of April. This was followed by ideal temperate weather in late spring and summer, which ensured an excellent fruit set and veraison, as well as a long, measured growing season. After harvesting our first blocks of Pinot Noir on September 4th, the temperate weather continued into the autumn months, allowing us to pick every block at ideal phenological ripeness, with harvest concluding on October 15th. The length and quality of the growing season ensured that we had numerous beautiful lots to choose from when blending, resulting in wines with vibrant aromatics, bold textures and wonderful complexity and richness.
0.52 g/100 ml
Aged in French oak for 16 months
Used a mixture of whole cluster/destemmed fruit and native/innoculated ferments, all punched down twice daily in small 3-ton open top tanks for an average of 14 days.
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