Goldeneye Confluence Vineyard Pinot Noir 2006

Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California

Item No. 98858
  • red wine
  • boutique wine
  • collectible wine
  • WE94
  • CG91
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2005
  • WE96
  • CG93
  • 2004
  • WE94
  • WS91

Winemaker's Notes

Not only is Confluence the warmest vineyard in our Estate portfolio, it is also one of the most diverse, featuring both hillside and valley floor plantings. This wine offers a lush, layered and enticing expression of the vibrant red-fruit flavors that have come to define Confluence Vineyard. It begins with a highly aromatic nose featuring an array of spice elements alongside plum, raspberry, vanilla, oak and a hint of mint. The red fruit continues on the palate with beautifully extracted cranberry compote, red loganberry and raspberry flavors supported by broad, refined tannins that conclude in a long, sumptuous finish.

In 2006 the weather cooperated—in fact, it was ideal. Temperatures remained mild, allowing us to handpick each block based on ripeness and flavors, and extending the harvest over seven weeks, commencing at Confluence Vineyard on September 7 and culminating with The Narrows Vineyard on October 28. Winemaker Zach Rasmuson describes the fruit quality from the 2006 vintage as impressive: "the wines are full, well-extracted, and tasty."

Critical Acclaim

"Anderson Valley. Here again, this wine's adherence to classic Pinot Noir lines can be called into question, and here again, the wine proves its mettle with depth and structure that enable it to find a happy home alongside rich hunks of well-seasoned meat. Choose the wine for its ability to satisfy as wine, but beware of it if you demand Pinot to display its potential for nuance, subtlety and hidden power. "
91 Points

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The Goldeneye winery is dedicated to the production of world class Pinot Noir wines. It is located in the heart of Anderson Valley along the migratory pathway of the common Goldeneye duck. In 1997, Goldeneye harvested its first grapes, a modest seven tons of estate fruit, yielding 375 cases of wine. After a decade of research, planning and experimentation, Goldeneye's inaugural...

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Learn About Sonoma County

Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the...

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Learn About Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir(PEE-noh nwahr) Pinot Noir is a finicky grape. It only grows in the right climate, with the right soils and the right care. Perhaps because it is so difficult is why it is so loved. Pinot Noir hails from Burgundy, a region known for crafting the most collectible and sought-after wines from this varietal. Not only does Pinot reign in Burgundy, it is also...

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