Duckhorn Vineyards Pinot Noir Anderson Valley Migration 2006
Goldeneye Winery is owned by Duckhorn and produces wonderful Pinot Noir from the Anderson Valley. A velvety texture and tannins that segue to a long clean finish. Aromas of clove dried thyme lavender and cocoa are underscored by enticing layers of vanilla caramelized sugar toasty oak and a hint of rosemary. A rich and nuanced expression of Anderson Valley winemaking Goldeneye combines immediate appeal with flavorful depth and density.
Co-founded by Dan and Margaret Duckhorn in 1976, Duckhorn Vineyards has spent a quarter century establishing itself as one of North America's premier producers of Bordeaux varietal wines. From its modest inaugural vintage of 800 cases of Cabernet Sauvignon and 800 cases of Merlot in 1978, to its addition of Sauvignon Blanc in 1982, Duckhorn Vineyards has crafted a tradition of quality and excellence that continues today.
I'm a fan of the Migration label - in many cases, preferring it over Goldeneye's single-vineyard offerings. This vintage was spicy to me, and slightly peppery, which was a surprise. Smooth tannins once it opened up - a pleasure to drink.
Spice, red fruit and cinnamon with light earth aromas. It's bright and spicy, still a little bit hot, with cherry, cola, a bit of tar and an endless, slightly medicinal, cherry dominated bright finish. Leave this one a few years.
This wine is definitely on the heavier side of the Pinot spectrum. Dark (for Pinot) color.There's some good balance on the palate, but a touch too much oak for my tastes.
Unlike the Decoy, this one has something going on. Not special, but a nice, drinkable, easy middle ground pinot. - Tasted at Total Wine & More 3/28/10
Awesome. Another great wine by duckhorn
rather classic pinot, a bit heavy on the cranberry/medicinal vibe upon first sip. def. needs to aerate or decant. then it's cherries, vanilla, and velvety. high octane at 14.6 for a pinot.
Very good legs and smell. I kept thinking how good it smelled when i was drinking it, just couldn't get over it. It is absolutely fantastic with rosemary and steak. It has a very good taste, it's not overwhelming at all. The tannins keep it very smooth all the way through. The aftertaste is also very good.
External Reviews for Duckhorn Vineyards Pinot Noir Anderson Valley Migration
Backorderd! Due in Feb. 8th Reserve Yours Today! When Duckhorn Vineyards wanted to do Pinot Noir they went north where the cool climate Anderson Valley in Medocino showed real promise for growing complex richly textured Pinot Noir. Now, with five estate vineyards in the Valley, their Goldeneye Pinot Noir is a true success story. Is in the heart of the Anderson Valley and is home to the Goldeneye winery. The unique terroir of the Gowan Creek Vineyard brings together elements from the valley’s warmer regions in the south and its cooler, northern end and offers an ideal Southwestern exposure. This limited single vineyard Pinot was aged 16 months in French Vosges, Troncais and Allier oak barrels. Wine Enthusiast magazine scored it 94 points saying "There's a wild, feral quality to this fine Pinot Noir. It has forest flavors of wild mushrooms, thyme, fennel, anise and pine, along with more familiar flavors of red cherries, cola and sandalwood. Elegant and ageable. Now through 2012."
Winery notes: `Gowan Creek is the home to our new winery and offers a perfect mid-valley winegrowing location that combines warmer Anderson Valley elements with coastal fog and cooling influences from the northern end of the valley. As a result this wine is a classic expression of Pinot Noir with signature aromatics lush extraction and rich texture. The nose displays the wild blueberry and blackberry layers that have come to define Gowan Creek supported by notes of loganberry char black pepper and dried meats. On the palate the attack is immense the tannins long and the acidity persistent all combining to create a wine with sumptuous dark-fruit-driven complexity.`
This elegantly balanced, medium-weight Pinot Noir displays ideal acidity, a velvety texture and tannins that segue to a long, clean finish. Aromas of clove, dried thyme, lavender and cocoa are underscored by enticing layers of vanilla, caramelized sugar, toasty oak and a hint of rosemary. A rich and nuanced expression of Anderson Valley winemaking, the 2006 vintage combines immediate appeal with flavorful depth and density.
When Duckhorn Vineyards wanted to do Pinot Noir they went north where the cool climate Anderson Valley in Medocino showed real promise for growing complex richly textured Pinot Noir. Now, with five estate vineyards in the Valley, their Goldeneye Pinot Noir is a true success story. For this vintage, grapes were harvested from four of the vineyards as early as September 7th and as late as October 28th. Only the best grapes were selected to go into this estate Pinot. After fermentation the wines are aged in French Burgundy barrels, 65% new. Adding a richly complex not of toast and vanilla to the red berry, coca, anise and lavender notes of the cool climate fruit. A dense and richly textural wine that will age beautifully over the next 3-6 years. Wine Enthusiast Magazine scores it 91 points saying “Very rich, very fine, this Pinot is a blend of Goldeneye’s best vineyards. It shows a molten density, like liquid silver, lush in red cherries, licorice, cinnamon, coco, dried herb and orange zest flavors, and should develop in the bottle through 2012.” Very Limited. This item excluded from any other discounts or offers beyond the 15% case discount.
Light spice, loads of red cherry fruit and delicate berry notes. The wine has impressive acid (pH less than 3.6), and opens nicely in the glass. This is wine maker Zach Rasmuson�s best effort to date, in spite of the fact that the entire line of 2005 Pinots was a bit flashier and more supple. This wine is a budding star and still needs time in the bottle. (February 26, 2009)
This wine is textured with an integrated oak component and features a dense palate. There is a hint of pennyroyal mint (native to our area) in both the nose and mouth. The aroma is full of red fruit?strawberry, raspberry, and Bing cherry?complemented by a floral note and a touch of oak. In the mouth, sweet spices abound?cinnamon, in particular?along with dense plum and notes of cola and vanilla, all followed by an edge of earthiness, mushrooms, and forest floor in the finish.