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Goldeneye Gowan Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015

Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
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14.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Once again, Gowan Creek yielded a phenomenally rich and voluptuous wine with flowing layers of blueberry and homemade plum pie. On the palate, good acidity and firm tannins add grip and structure to the abundant fruit, with notes of lavender and vanilla spice contributing nuance and complexity to the finish.

Located in the heart of the Anderson Valley, the Gowan Creek Vineyard features a unique terroir with elements from the valley’s warmer regions and its cooler, Northern “deep end.” Offering an ideal Southwestern exposure, and an array of unique vineyard blocks planted with clones of Pinot Noir carefully tailored to each site and soil type.

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WE 94
Wine Enthusiast
Bright fruit flavors and lavish oak tones burst from the glass. They're followed by mouthcoating flavors of black cherry, clove and cranberry. For all that richness, it also has good structure due to firm tannins and lively acidity that give it balance. Enjoy now–2022.
WW 93
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
COMMENTARY: Over the years, the Goldeneye team has done a masterful job with the Gowan Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir, and producing a wine that is significantly better than the winery's "regular Anderson Valley bottling." The 2015 vintage is excellent from start to finish. TASTING NOTES: This wine is bright and lasting on the palate. Its aromas and flavors of all the berries, from strawberry to blackberry, and an accent of wood make it a beautiful choice with grilled lamb chops. (Tasted: September 10, 2018, San Francisco, CA)
RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The pale to medium ruby-purple colored 2015 Pinot Noir Gowan Creek Vineyard has baked raspberries and black cherries scents with touches of bay leaves, spice cake and forest floor. The palate is medium to full-bodied with a solid structure of chewy tannins supporting the berry preserves flavors, finishing with an herbal lift.
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Goldeneye, Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
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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 vintage was announced in March of 2000. By focusing on the careful cultivation of its estate vineyards, Goldeneye has been able to grow, while still remaining true to its philosophy of being a small, quality-driven winery.

Founded on a commitment to quality, Goldeneye brings the tradition of viticultural excellence established by Duckhorn Vineyards in the Napa Valley to the Pinot Noirs of the Anderson Valley. With each new vintage, Goldeneye continues its evolution toward becoming one of the world's premier producers of Pinot Noir.

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Anderson Valley

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Surrounded by redwood forests and often blanketed in chilly, ocean fog, the Anderson Valley is one of California’s most picturesque appellations. During the growing season, moist, cool, late afternoon air flows in from the Pacific Ocean along the Navarro River and over the valley's golden, oak-studded hills. High and low temperatures can vary as much as 40 or 50 degrees within a single day, allowing for slow and gentle ripening of grapes, which will in turn create elegantly balanced wines.

The Anderson Valley is best known for Pinot Noir made in a range of styles from delicate and floral to powerful and concentrated. Chardonnay also shines here, and both varieties are often utilized for the production of some of California’s best traditional method sparkling wines. The region also draws inspiration from Alsace and produces excellent Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris.

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Pinot Noir

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One of the most finicky yet rewarding grapes to grow, Pinot Noir is a labor of love for many. However, the greatest red wines of Burgundy prove that it is unquestionably worth the effort. In fact, it is the only red variety permitted in Burgundy. Highly reflective of its terroir, Pinot Noir prefers calcareous soils and a cool climate, requires low yields to achieve high quality and demands a lot of attention in the vineyard and winery. It retains even more glory as an important component of Champagne as well as on its own in France’s Loire Valley and Alsace regions. This sensational grape enjoys immense international success, most notably growing in Oregon, California and New Zealand with smaller amounts in Chile, Germany (as Spätburgunder) and Italy (as Pinot Nero).

In the Glass

Pinot Noir is all about red fruit—strawberry, raspberry and cherry with some heftier styles delving into the red or purple plum and in the other direction, red or orange citrus. It is relatively pale in color with soft tannins and a lively acidity. With age (of which the best examples can handle an astounding amount) it can develop hauntingly alluring characteristics of fresh earth, savory spice, dried fruit and truffles.

Perfect Pairings

Pinot’s healthy acidity cuts through the oiliness of pink-fleshed fish like salmon and tuna but its mild mannered tannins give it enough structure to pair with all sorts of poultry: chicken, quail and especially duck. As the namesake wine of Boeuf Bourguignon, Pinot noir has proven it isn’t afraid of beef. California examples work splendidly well with barbecue and Pinot Noir is also vegetarian-friendly—most notably with any dish that features mushrooms.

Sommelier Secret

For administrative purposes, the region of Beaujolais is often included in Burgundy. But it is extremely different in terms of topography, soil and climate, and the important red grape here is ultimately Gamay, not Pinot noir. Truth be told, there is a tiny amount of Gamay sprinkled around the outlying parts of Burgundy (mainly in Maconnais) but it isn’t allowed with any great significance and certainly not in any Village or Cru level wines. So "red Burgundy" still necessarily refers to Pinot noir.

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