Goldeneye (Duckhorn Vineyards)

Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

9.11224 ratings
8.995 pro ratings
Anderson Valley, North Coast, California, USA
Pinot Noir
Turkey, Game, Exotic Spices, Soft Cheese, Duck, Goose, Salads & Greens, Potato, Quinoa, Farro, Brown Rice, White Rice, Pasta, Herbs, Nuts & Seeds, Mushrooms, Chicken, Meaty & Oily Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Stew, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Salami & Prosciutto, Salmon, Quinoa, Shellfish
Top Notes For
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.1

On of the best stops on the way to the coast of Mendocino is a visit to Goldeneye for a tasting. I think they still pour three wines with small bites. As enjoyable as that is in itself is, you also get to sit in those chairs and enjoy that spectacular view.

On the nose, dark cherries, strawberries, hints of ripe rhubarb, floral cranberries, blue fruits, black raspberries cola, vanilla, salted caramel, touch of fresh herbs, cinnamon stick, dark rich soil, limestone minerals, crush dry rock powder and fragrant, perfumes red & blue flowers with violets.

The body is medium ripe, lush & sexy. Dark cherries, strawberries, hints of ripe rhubarb, floral cranberries, blue fruits, black raspberries cola, vanilla, salted caramel, malt in malt balls, touch of fresh herbs, cinnamon stick, dark rich soil, limestone minerals, crush dry rock powder and fragrant, perfumes red & blue flowers with violets.

Photos of; the backend of Goldeneye and their amazing view, the entrance to their tasting room, tasting lounge and the winery. 13 a solid vintage fit them.

Still 2-3 years early on their 13 but, I have three more bottles. So, a good check-in.

On of the best stops on the way to the coast of Mendocino is a visit to Goldeneye for a tasting. I think they still pour three wines with small bites. As enjoyable as that is in itself is, you also get to sit in those chairs and enjoy that spectacular view.

On the nose, dark cherries, strawberries, hints of ripe rhubarb, floral cranberries, blue fruits, black raspberries cola, vanilla, salted caramel, touch of fresh herbs, cinnamon stick, dark rich soil, limestone minerals, crush dry rock powder and fragrant, perfumes red & blue flowers with violets.

The body is medium ripe, lush & sexy. Dark cherries, strawberries, hints of ripe rhubarb, floral cranberries, blue fruits, black raspberries cola, vanilla, salted caramel, malt in malt balls, touch of fresh herbs, cinnamon stick, dark rich soil, limestone minerals, crush dry rock powder and fragrant, perfumes red & blue flowers with violets.

Photos of; the backend of Goldeneye and their amazing view, the entrance to their tasting room, tasting lounge and the winery. 13 a solid vintage fit them.

Still 2-3 years early on their 13 but, I have three more bottles. So, a good check-in.

Sep 1st, 2018
Bryce Wiatrak

Sandalwood and dried roses - somewhat oaky, but not overly so. Opulent, nocturnal flavor - probably the best entry level Pinot across the Duckhorn portfolio.

Sandalwood and dried roses - somewhat oaky, but not overly so. Opulent, nocturnal flavor - probably the best entry level Pinot across the Duckhorn portfolio.

Dec 19th, 2017
R. Addison Wehrfritz

Anderson valley terroir peaks through an oak profile that is particularly robust and clearly evident of the difficulties faced for the 2011 vintage. I am excited to see what the winemaker Bo will do with the bountiful '12 and '13 vintages, particularly regarding the oak regiment!

Anderson valley terroir peaks through an oak profile that is particularly robust and clearly evident of the difficulties faced for the 2011 vintage. I am excited to see what the winemaker Bo will do with the bountiful '12 and '13 vintages, particularly regarding the oak regiment!

4 people found it helpfulApr 2nd, 2015
Tom
9.0

True deep anderson valley flavor; dark cherry some cola; tannins mellowed out; medium finish

True deep anderson valley flavor; dark cherry some cola; tannins mellowed out; medium finish

3 people found it helpfulJul 30th, 2015
Alexandre Remy

Winemaker Concept Wine Group (CWG)

7.9

Slightly over Oaked. Hide the varietal characters of the pinot noir

Slightly over Oaked. Hide the varietal characters of the pinot noir

3 people found it helpfulDec 18th, 2014
Aaron Means

Robust and round Pinot. Dusty tannins on the back end. Decent acids. I would like this to be dialed a little back to let secondary characteristics pop,......maybe they still will, idk.

Robust and round Pinot. Dusty tannins on the back end. Decent acids. I would like this to be dialed a little back to let secondary characteristics pop,......maybe they still will, idk.

3 people found it helpfulNov 15th, 2014
Andrew Lampasone

Owner Wine Watch Selections

One of the best regions for structure and age worthy Pinot Noirs in California.

One of the best regions for structure and age worthy Pinot Noirs in California.

3 people found it helpfulOct 2nd, 2013
Joe Webb

Making beef daub in pressure cooker with it. Big, rich n oaky

Making beef daub in pressure cooker with it. Big, rich n oaky

2 people found it helpfulMar 31st, 2014
Robert Ward

Excellent front a little flat on the finish. Could use a boost in acidity.

Excellent front a little flat on the finish. Could use a boost in acidity.

1 person found it helpfulMar 23rd, 2018
Sipping Fine Wine

In 1997, Goldeneye harvested its first grapes, a modest 375 cases of wine. Ruby with aromas of ripe red fruits with layers of herb and spice scents. Grapes blended from several vineyards and aged in French oak for 16 months, the palate had flavors of cranbery & wild cherry fruit, with sweet currants adding smoke, leather, cacao and earthy tones, nice mouthfeel that lingered to a long finish. Complex, consistent. Very Nice! Perfect!

In 1997, Goldeneye harvested its first grapes, a modest 375 cases of wine. Ruby with aromas of ripe red fruits with layers of herb and spice scents. Grapes blended from several vineyards and aged in French oak for 16 months, the palate had flavors of cranbery & wild cherry fruit, with sweet currants adding smoke, leather, cacao and earthy tones, nice mouthfeel that lingered to a long finish. Complex, consistent. Very Nice! Perfect!

1 person found it helpfulMar 16th, 2018