2005 Goldeneye "Gowan Creek" Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1036761 94 points Wine Enthusiast

 This is a new single-vineyard bottling for Goldeneye, grown in the cooler Deep End western part of the valley. It’s a feral kind of Pinot. Not for it the tame fruit of warmer climates. This one brims with wild berries: cherries, raspberries, something animal and leathery, and mossy tastes of balsam and tar. For all that explosion, the wine’s tannins and acids keep it controlled and balanced, and it never loses its silky lightness. Best now and for six years or so.  (7/2008)

92 points Wine Spectator

 A rich, savory style, with loamy wild berry, black cherry and wild berry fruit that's complimented by fresh earth and mineral notes. Complex and still a bit chunky, this has all the right stuff.  (7/2008)

91 points Connoisseurs Guide

 Led in the nose by a strong theme of fresh, well-ripened cherries, this full-sized young Pinot follows up on its promise with ample fruit flavors that tilt just a bit to ripeness. There are a couple of rough finishing edges that are waiting to smooth, and the wine is presently concerned with strength a bit more than finesse, but there is more than enough fruity stuffing to carry it through a few years of age and service with beef or lamb should turn the trick.  (6/2008)

Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A complex and somber red and blue berry fruit nose has subtle but not invisible vegetal notes that continue onto the equally complex and intense medium-bodied flavors supported by slightly rustic tannins on the solidly long finish where there is noticeable warmth as well. I like the complexity and concentration though not the warmth.  (10/2008)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good, bright deep red. Brambly raspberry, spices, smoked meat and a whiff of oak char on the nose. Juicy red fruit and smoked meat flavors offer a round texture and are nicely lifted by spices and a peppery nuance. Finishes with dusty tannins and some oaky torrefaction. (ST)  (6/2008)

K&L Notes

Another winning wine from Goldeneye winemaker Zach Rasmuson. Made from Gowan Creek Vineyard fruit in the cool Anderson Valley, this is a lush, extracted, weighty pinot noir. Fresh forest notes combine with black tea, sweet jasmine, milk chocolate and briar fruits on the nose. In the mouth, this wine becomes a forest sprite, skipping untamed across your palate with dark fruit flavors, lingering like a fantastical memory on your palate.

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
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United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
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California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Anderson Valley/Mendocino

- Cooled by the nearby ocean and the seemingly omnipresent bank of oceanic fog, this picturesque wine region is home to a wealth of cool-climate grapes like riesling and gewürztraminer plus chardonnay and pinor noir, which are responsible for impressive and intense sparkling wines.