LCBO Vintages Release
In the early 1990’s, after 15 years of making world-class Bordeaux varietal wines, Dan and Margaret Duckhorn opted to embrace their love of Pinot Noir. Their vision for Goldeneye was simple, but not easy: produce terroir-expressing California Pinot of equal stature to the acclaimed Merlots they pioneered at Duckhorn Vineyards in Napa Valley. They weighed the options available in the Russian River Valley, Sonoma Valley, and Carneros, then jumped in feet-first. The result is Goldeneye.
Goldeneye is a standalone winery in the Anderson Valley, north of Napa Valley, on the cool-climate edge of modern California viticulture. The soil is clay-rich, and the marine-influenced climate is characterized by mild days, fog, and cooling winds. Pinot Noir is happiest on the margins, and here, the grape expresses intense varietal purity and an intimate sense of place. Today, Goldeneye features the appellation’s preeminent Pinot Noir programs, including four estate vineyards and more than 200 acres planted to vines.
For the third year in a row, the Anderson Valley enjoyed an outstanding growing season in 2014. A dry winter was followed by a very wet early spring that ensured enough water for another successful vintage. The vines developed with excellent balance, producing compact clusters and small berries. Harvest began two weeks earlier than normal in ideal weather. With no threat of rain, vineyard crews were able to harvest fruit at peak ripeness, resulting in complex, richly-textured wines. Across the board, yields were lower than the two previous vintages. Quality was sky high.
Fermented in over 200 individual lots (roughly one fermentation for every acre farmed), Goldeneye Pinot Noir exemplifies the old adage: “If you’re going to do one thing, do it well”. Charming yet wild, plush yet rustic, this captivating Pinot Noir balances layers of cherry, ripe cranberry, and wild blackberry with notes of leather, earth, and spice. Aged 16 months in French oak (53% new), it carries through to a velvety finish.
“Beautifuly integrated oak spice and a deep well of fruit flavors combine in this richly complex and layered wine. It’s medium to full in body, supple and mouthfilling in texture, and brings a great array of classic aromas to the table. Dark cherry, forest floor, cedar and a hint of wood smoke meld into a feast of flavor.”
93 points + Editor’s Choice, Wine Enthusiast, Sept 2017