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Goldeneye Estate Grown Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Ten Degrees 2007

Winemaker's Notes:

A more than worthy successor to our inaugural 2006 Ten Degrees, this benchmark cuvée captures the power, depth and diversity of our Anderson Valley Estate program. A seamless blend of opulence and elegance, it is rich, broad and sumptuously mouthfilling, with compelling layers of luscious red fruit, cured meats, toasted oak and vanilla. Powerful, complex, and with exceptional tannin structure, this wine possesses excellent cellaring potential.

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Winery: Goldeneye  
Color: Red
Varietal: Pinot Noir
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Goldeneye:
The Goldeneye winery is dedicated to the production of world class Pinot Noir wines. It is located in the heart of Anderson Valley along the migratory pathway of the common Goldeneye duck. In 1990, after nearly fifteen years of making world-class Bordeaux style wines, Dan and Margaret Duckhorn embraced their growing passion for Pinot Noir. Their vision for Goldeneye was simple: to craft a di... Read more
The Goldeneye winery is dedicated to the production of world class Pinot Noir wines. It is located in the heart of Anderson Valley along the migratory pathway of the common Goldeneye duck. In 1990, after nearly fifteen years of making world-class Bordeaux style wines, Dan and Margaret Duckhorn embraced their growing passion for Pinot Noir. Their vision for Goldeneye was simple: to craft a distinctively California Pinot Noir of equal stature to their acclaimed Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot. Dan and Margaret approached this goal with the same care and attention to detail for which they had become respected in the Napa Valley. Over the next six years, the Duckhorns experimented with fruit from the Russian River, Sonoma, Carneros and Anderson Valley appellations. The Duckhorns were aware that Pinot Noir, an elusive and challenging grape, has the remarkable ability to reflect its terroir, more than many varietals. This awareness led them to narrow their exploration to Mendocino's Anderson Valley. With cool ocean fog, clay soil, and long, mild days, the Anderson Valley appellation had all the ingredients for producing world-class Pinot Noir. In 1996, the first 80-acre estate vineyard was selected, and the winery was officially christened after the Goldeneye duck whose migratory path crosses the region. In 1997, Goldeneye harvested its first grapes, a modest seven tons of estate fruit, yielding 375 cases of wine. After a decade of research, planning and experimentation, Goldeneye's inaugural vintage was announced in March of 2000. Since then, the winery has grown to include four estate vineyards, planted to 149 vine acres. These vineyards are planted with 19 different clonal varieties and enjoy the benefits of varying microclimates. By focusing on the careful cultivation of its estate vineyards, Goldeneye has been able to grow, while still remaining true to its philosophy of being a small, quality-driven winery. To maintain the integrity of each vineyard block and to allow for flexibility in the final blend, Goldeneye harvests, barrel ages and vinifies each lot separately. In addition, Goldeneye practices crop sensitivity with vertical shoot positioning and a dedication to low yields. Under the guidance of winemaker Zach Rasmuson, vineyard practices have been further refined to benefit the estate program. A Pinot Noir veteran, Zach brings his love of farming and his obsession with the varietal to Goldeneye. A strong advocate of the Anderson Valley and its potential to produce some of the finest Pinot Noirs in the world, Zach underscores his belief that quality is determined in the vineyard with a gentle, minimalist approach to winemaking. Zach has worked hard to define the evolving style of Goldeneye. With yields as low as two tons per acre, Goldeneye cultivates extracted, elegant fruit. The goal is to fashion a wine that expresses the depth and character of the Anderson Valley. In winemaking, Zach focuses on achieving a balance between fruit, extraction and oak. Working closely with the finest coopers to identify wood sources and blends that suit Goldeneye's style, Zach generally uses between 70 to 100 percent new oak from the world's finest coopers. Wood is sourced primarily from Allier, although Zach works with Vosges, Nevers and Bertanges as well. The toasting program is primarily medium, with some toasted heads. Founded on a commitment to quality, Goldeneye brings the tradition of viticultural excellence established by Duckhorn Vineyards in the Napa Valley to the Pinot Noirs of the Anderson Valley. With each new vintage, Goldeneye continues its evolution toward becoming one of the world's premier producers of Pinot Noir. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Goldeneye Estate Grown Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Ten Degrees

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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4.00 5
11/12/2009

Upright and solid on the nose with slightly stemmy toned, and candied black cherry fruit, that features subtle hints of cardamom and coriander. This is packed with sweet fruit yet manages to avoid the cloying sweetness of many wines in this style. It’s open and round with a rich, soft character and nice notes of spices and a hint of anise seed that carries over to the moderately long finish, which shows a bit more tannin and milk chocolate than one finds on the palate. 90pts


Member Reviews for Goldeneye Estate Grown Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Ten Degrees

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4.00 5
02/09/2010

Strawberry and cherry nose, quite sweet smelling. Deeper, luscious red fruit, slightly floral, with cherries and raspberries, spice and a long finish.


Snooth User: Nicki Gig
1783064,202
4.50 5
02/10/2010

spicy black pepper aromas that open up to varying berry flavors. Delicious from the very first sip, amazing concentration of fruit and complexity of flavors, blackberries, plums, currants, some dark chocolate notes, powerful for a pinot noir, elegant and refined. I very much enjoyed this!


Snooth User: Nicki Gig
1783064,202
4.00 5
02/09/2010

strawberries, raspberries, plums, dried earth, cedar and some herbal notes, chocolate lingers on the palate as well w/currants and tiny bits of spice and pepper, nice complexity of flavors for a pinot noir, wonderful structure and delicate balance of the flavor components, acidity, and tannins.


Snooth User: Nicki Gig
1783064,202
4.00 5
02/10/2010

immediate aromas of cherries, strawberries, raspberries with delicate earth-like flavors on the palate, wonderful complexity for a Pinot Noir, a little spice and bramble come together with hints of bright red fruit, stunning


Snooth User: solomania9
63312,961
3.50 5
02/11/2010

Dusty cherries on the nose. Super lean tart little missile that shoots to the back of the mouth and finishes with a long complex chalky cherry finish.


Snooth User: Philip James
112,549
4.00 5
11/11/2009

Very nice herbal and menthol nose. Very rich and fruity with flavors of cherry, plum and cassis. Smooth attack, but with good acidity later. Raspberries with a light leathery flavor on the finish. Long finish. A nice wine.


Snooth User: Philip James
112,549
5.00 5
02/09/2010

Beautifully intense nose of raspberry, bramble and marshmallow. Soft and smooth with a silken texture. An incredibly deep, dense and fruity wine. Just beautiful. Bramble, blackberry and some cherry fruit dominate. There's a nice earthy taste on the finish. All in all a fantastic wine


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External Reviews for Goldeneye Estate Grown Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Ten Degrees

External Review
05/25/2011

hen 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 93 points saying "Dark and tannic, reflecting the vineyard’s location in the cooler, foggier northwest, this Pinot Noir is dramatic in depth of flavor. With its core of blackberries, cherries, blueberries, cola and rhubarb, it’s tight and rigid now, suggesting 5–6 years in the cellar." Limited!!


External Review
09/30/2010

A Pinot Noir wine from California in USA. 2007 Goldeneye (Duckhorn) Pinot Noir Gowan Creek Vineyard 750ml


External Review
04/15/2009

The product of a standout growing season, the 2007 Migration is sleek and silky, with enticing upfront aromatics and compelling dark fruit layers. The nose displays jasmine tea and flowering blackberries, alongside dusty undertones of fresh chanterelles. These aromatics are echoed on the palate and accentuated by flavors of huckleberry, boysenberry, licorice, plum, white chocolate and orange blossom, all leading to a cleansing, medium-length finish.



A more than worthy successor to our inaugural 2006 Ten Degrees, this benchmark cuvée captures the power, depth and diversity of our Anderson Valley Estate program. A seamless blend of opulence and elegance, it is rich, broad and sumptuously mouthfilling, with compelling layers of luscious red fruit, cured meats, toasted oak and vanilla. Powerful, complex, and with exceptional tannin structure, this wine possesses excellent cellaring potential.

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Dietary Information: Organic

Closure: Cork

Aged 16 months in French Oak.

Notes: 100% New French oak Medium toast: Allier, Vosges and Tronçais Forests

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 14.5% pH: 3.70
Total Acidity: .49 grams per liter

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