Goldeneye Ten Degrees Pinot Noir 2018 Red Wine

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Goldeneye Ten Degrees Pinot Noir 2018

Anderson Valley, CA

Goldeneye’s Ten Degrees Pinot Noir is the “holy grail” to us – the highest benchmark in the world of Pinot Noirs. Every sip makes you close your eyes and just savor the amazing flavors. A blend of the best grapes from their 3 best vineyards, this is a truly special, incredibly delicious wine!

95 pts. James Suckling:

"Red and black cherries, dry stone, black licorice and dried herbs on the nose. Medium-to full-bodied. Juicy and savory on the palate with espresso and bramble notes. Well-integrated tannins and good structure. Lovely dried-floral character on the palate. Molasses at the finish. Delicious. Drink or hold."

94 pts., Cellar Selection, Wine Enthusiast:

"Dazzling spicy aromas and vibrant black-fruit flavors converge beautifully in this bold but balanced wine. Scents of wood smoke, toasted oak, cardamom and black pepper meet black cherry, aged beef and blueberry on the palate, buoyed by moderate tannins and subtle nervy acidity. Best from 2023."

FROM THE WINERY

In 1996, building on their tradition of excellence established at Duckhorn Vineyards, and their growing love of Pinot Noir, Dan and Margaret Duckhorn came to Anderson Valley to found Goldeneye. Anderson Valley has since earned acclaim as one of the world’s greatest Pinot Noir regions. Representing the pinnacle of our winemaking portfolio, Ten Degrees is made from only our finest lots, making it a Pinot Noir of unparalleled grace and grandeur.

Vintage Notes

The 2018 growing season was one of the finest Anderson Valley Pinot Noir vintages of the past decade. A dry winter and a cool, damp spring delayed budbreak and bloom by several weeks, and helped the vines to avoid any potential spring frost issues. Lovely weather throughout summer allowed for abundant hangtime and ideal ripening, leading to our first Pinot Noir pick on September 12th. The temperate weather continued into autumn, ensuring that we were able to pick every block and vineyard at the height of perfection. As a result, our 2018 wines are beautifully aromatic, with striking natural acidity, rich textures and alluring varietal flavors.

Winemaking Notes

Deep, rich and alluringly aromatic, this wine displays both red and black fruit notes, with layers of plum, blackberry, strawberry and raspberry mingling with hints of earth, anise, spearmint and saddle leather. On the palate, the lush fruit flavors are framed by a firm texture and a dynamic, acid-driven energy that provides lovely lift and focus to a long resonant finish.

Winemaking

Appellation:  Anderson Valley
Vineyards: Confluence, Gowan Creek & The Narrows Vineyards
Varietal Composition: 100% estate Pinot Noir
Oak Profile and aging:  Aged in 70% new French oak, 30% neutral French oak (15% once-filled, 15% old wood)
pH 3.50
Alcohol: 14.5%
Soils: Pinole/Perrygulch loam & Hopland-Wohly/Wolfey-Bearwallow complex
Acidity:  0.57g /100 ml
Clones: Pommard, 115, 5, Martini, 2A, 667, 828 & 777
Rootstock:  5C, 3309 & 101-14
Fermentation: Cold-soaked for 3 days using natural temperatures, fermented in small open-top tanks, punched-down twice a day & pressed using basket press.

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