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Date Printed: 11/23/2014
Twomey Cellars by Silver Oak Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2011
Twomey Cellars by Silver Oak Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2011
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 11/23/2014: $49.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wilfred Wong of Wine.com rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This 2011 Twomey Anderson Valley Pinot Noir is a perfect example of Pinot from this premier Mendocino County appellation. It has a vibrant blood-red plum color and a nose of fresh cranberries, strawberries, moist earth, Christmas spices and a hint of dark chocolate. This multifaceted wine has a fruit-sweet attack redolent of red forest berries. It expresses the essence of Anderson Valley Pinot Noir as it walks a fine line between detailed focus on the one hand and ripe, plushness on the other. It has a particularly long finish, displaying fine-grained tannins and perfect acid balance. Given proper cellaring, it will give drinking pleasure through 2022.
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About Twomey Cellars by Silver Oak:

Twomey Cellars originated with a remarkable vineyard, the Soda Canyon Ranch in southeastern Napa Valley, which the Duncan family – owners of Silver Oak Cellars – acquired in 1999. Planted with the finest French clones in well-drained volcanic soils, the Merlot that is grown there possesses such extraordinary complexity that it calls for a wine of its own. Silver Oak's winemaker, Daniel Baron, developed his passion for Merlot during the early 1980s while working in Pomerol and St. Emilion. He had always hoped to make a California Merlot with a French sensibility, but for many years lacked access to fruit with the characteristics he required. When the Duncan family acquired Soda Canyon Ranch and Daniel realized it was planted with top-flight French clones, Daniel’s long-held dream of producing a Napa Valley Merlot with depth and concentration became reality.

The Duncan Family’s spirit of innovation would lead them to discover new varietals when in 2000, they secured the nine-acre West Pin vineyard in Sonoma’s Russian River Valley, legendary for its extraordinary Pinot Noirs. Several years later, they acquired a winery in Healdsburg where the Pinot Noirs are now produced. Twomey is dedicated to producing Pinot Noir that achieves the greatest balance & expression from four top California appellations, including Sonoma Coast, Russian River Valley, Anderson Valley and Santa Maria Valley. Twomey’s newest offering is Sauvignon Blanc, a crisp, refreshing wine that originates at the family’s estate vineyard in Calistoga. Today, Twomey Cellars is run by Managing Partners and brothers David and Tim Duncan. Founding winemaker Daniel Baron and Winemaker Ben Cane carry out their vision of making wines that eloquently express their vineyard and vintage.