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2011 Goldeneye Pinot Noir "Gowan Creek Vineyard"

Goldeneye 2011 Gowan Creek Pinot Noir

Winery: Goldeneye

Vintage: 2011

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Gowan Creek Vineyard"

Wine Category: Pinot Noir

Grape blend: 100% Pinot Noir

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Anderson Valley

State or country: OR

Price: $80

Cases produced: 926

KWG Score: 94.6 (based on 5 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Excellent (94)

Review date: March 12, 2014

Wine Review: This Excellent garnet colored Pinot Noir from Goldeneye was my favorite wine from the Duckhorn portfolio tasting, that I recently attended. It opens with a mild black plum bouquet with a hint of cola and black cherry. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, silky and very well balanced. The flavor profile is a very tasty mild black currant with notes of gentle plum and nicely integrated oak. The finish is dry and its flavors fade away nicely. This Pinot is extremely food friendly. I would pair this wine in the near term with filet mignon. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: This is both a blockbuster Pinot Noir and a wine that will reward patience. The effusive bouquet offers alluring dark fruits, a myriad of spices and hints of French oak. The palate features the signature elements of this pedigreed vineyard: deep, dark Santa Rosa plum, black currant, dark chocolate, cinnamon and pennyroyal. As it opens up, every sip gains nuance and complexity, revealing layers of sandalwood, cedar, and Tahitian vanilla bean. Though ripe and sweet, the substantial tannins will reward cellaring.

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