Duckhorn Pinot Noir, "Goldeneye" 2014

Duckhorn Pinot Noir, "Goldeneye" 2014

56.00

Goldeneye Winery was founded in 1996, but the genesis for Goldeneye goes back even further. In 1990, after fifteen years of making world-class Bordeaux-varietal wines, Dan and Margaret Duckhorn embraced their growing love of Pinot Noir. Their vision for Goldeneye was simple -- they wanted to found a winery that could make a terroir-inspired expression of California Pinot Noir of equal stature to the acclaimed Merlots they had pioneered at Duckhorn Vineyards in Napa Valley. For Pinot Noir, they believed that true greatness would be found on the cool-climate edges of modern California viticulture where the grape could express varietal purity and an intimate sense of place. They found what they were looking for in the Anderson Valley. With ideal clay soils and a marine-influenced climate offering long, mild days and cooling fog and winds, the Anderson Valley appellation had all the ingredients for producing world-class Pinot Noir. In 1996 the first estate vineyard was selected. Today, Goldeneye features four estate vineyards and more than 200 vine acres. This 100% Pinot Noir ages for 16 months in Burgundian-style French oak barrels, 55% of which are new, 45% of which are second use. This is a rich and beautifully textured wine with velvety tannins and bright acidity. On the palate, flavors of candied cherry and dark plum are underscored by deeper notes of forest floor. The finish is long and supple, with lively fruit and just a touch of French oak.

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