2005 Goldeneye "Confluence Vineyard" Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.