2005 Goldeneye "Gowan Creek" Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.