2005 Goldeneye "Confluence Vineyard" Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1042808 96 points Wine Enthusiast

 The vineyard has been the source to some of Goldeneye’s deepest, most profound wines, and the ’05 certainly is big and cellar-worthy. It’s somewhat tannic, and very deep in black cherries and blackberries, with rich complexities of figs, dusty spices and smoky oak. The power of this wine is considerable, yet it somehow retains the light silkiness of great Pinot Noir.  (7/2008)

93 points Connoisseurs Guide

 This showy wine is decked out with lots of very sweet oak, yet its generous seasonings of caramel, cream and toast never get ahead of the very pure and concentrated, ripe raspberry- and cherry-like fruit that sits at its heart. Already impressive, but so deep and so very well structured that its best clearly lies a few years before it, this impressive young Pinot Noir can be set aside with absolute faith in its future and is our pick of the very good Goldeneye bunch.  (6/2008)

90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A very discreet touch of wood frames the most elegant, and the most reticent, nose among this group that is really quite beguiling as it offers up a mélange of red and blue pinot fruit that seamlessly introduces rich, detailed, pure and attractively textured flavors that coat the mouth and deliver excellent length on the dusty and sappy finish. There is almost no evident warmth if the serving temperature is kept at appropriate levels and this is really quite lovely.  (10/2008)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Notable for its underbrush, fresh earth, dried currant and berry fruit flavors that slowly unfold, gaining depth and traction. Ends with a complex mix of dark fruit, spice and fresh earth.  (7/2008)

K&L Notes

The 2005 "Confluence Vineyard" Pinot Noir from Goldeneye takes winemaker Zach Rasmuson's skill and the Mendocino Coast's unique growing conditions to the next level. It is made from fruit harvested solely from the Confluence Vineyard, located adjacent to the headwaters of the Navarro River and characterized by diverse soils, from benchland to gravel strata, and exposures. Opulent and luxurious from start to finish, this pinots velvety texture and concentrated strawberry, plum, spice and purple flower aromas and flavors are scored by an undercurrent of darker boysenberry fruit and earth. Firmly structured this should age quite gracefully, if you can resist it long enough.

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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.