Goldeneye Gowan Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014 Red Wine
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Goldeneye Gowan Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014
Anderson Valley, CA
95 pts. Wine Review Online
91 pts. Wine Enthusiast: "Substantial and smoky, this full-bodied wine has a vivid oak component. Wood smoke and toasted-bread aromas meet ripe black-cherry flavors on the palate, plus clove and cinnamon on the finish. It's delicious in a bold, rich style."
Duckhorn has been one of our favorite wineries for many many years. As a matter of fact, we got hooked on Pinot Noir when we first tasted a Goldeneye by Duckhorn! Their Pinot Noirs are just superb, year after year - especially the single-vineyard wines like this Gowan Creek! And this vintage is also exceptional - try it - you're in for a treat!
Two miles north of the Confluence Vineyard in the heart of the Anderson Valley, our Gowan Creek Vineyard sees appreciably more coastal fog. The unique terroir of this site brings together elements from both the valley’s warmer regions and its cooler, northern "deep end." Offering an ideal Southwestern exposure and an array of unique vineyard blocks, Gowan Creek is planted to eight different clones of Pinot Noir, each carefully tailored to a specific site and soil type. The powerful and expressive wine produced from these vines displays beautiful inky depth and robust, untamed fruit flavors.
IN THE VINEYARD:
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, providing compact clusters and small berries, which in turn led to excellent color, texture and flavors. Harvest began two weeks earlier than normal, with ideal weather conditions alternating between the 70s and 80s. With no threat of rain, we were able to pick all of our grapes exactly when we wished, resulting in complex and richly textured wines. Across the board, yields were lower than the two previous vintages, and quality was sky high.
COMMENTS FROM THE WINEMAKER:
Made in the style preferred by our founder, Dan Duckhorn, this wine exudes richness, depth, dark fruit and structure. On the palate, it is deep and lush, with layers of wild blackberry and plum pie supported by a streak of acidity that adds definition to the flavors, while drawing the wine to a lingering finish with hints of lavender, pennyroyal and Asian spices.
VARIETAL CONTENT: 100% Pinot Noir
HARVEST INFORMATION: Appellation: Anderson Valley, Harvest Dates: September 5-10, 2014
Average Sugar at Harvest: 25 Brix, 1 Vineyard Harvested
COOPERAGE: 100% French oak Burgundy-style barrels (228 liters) 60% New, 40% Second Vintage, Medium toast: Allier, Vosges and Tronçais Forests, Barrel Aging: 16 Months
TECHNICAL DATA: Alcohol: 14.5%, 0.55g/100 ml titratable acidity, pH: 3.61, Bottled: March 2016, Released: May 2017