Goldeneye The Narrows Vineyard Pinot Noir 2006

Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California

Item No. 98859
  • red wine
  • collectible wine
  • boutique wine
  • WE92
  • CG91
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2004
  • WE96
  • WN94
  • WS93

Winemaker's Notes

At our mountaintop vineyard in the cooler "deep end" of the Anderson Valley, the 2006 vintage yielded a seamlessly structured wine that is firmly grounded in the soil. From its forest floor, dried herbs and sage aromatics to a palate that combines a medley of morel, porcini and black trumpet mushroom flavors with dark fruit, clove and pine notes, this Pinot Noir embodies the rustic sophistication of Anderson Valley winegrowing.

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

"The Goldeneye four from Duckhorn are more bold and blunt than they are sophisticated or refined, and this wine carries more muscularity than the what one would expect of Pinot Noir. For that point, consumers should be wary if the style is not preferred. But, those who accept its brawn will delight in a wine that has depth and a fair bit of aging potential as well as coming with the stuffing to do yeoman's service with dishes like steak au poivre. "
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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