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Goldeneye Pinot Noir GOWAN CREEK 2020

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Vintage: 2020
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    Crafted with meticulous care by winemaker Kristen McMahan, the Goldeneye Pinot Noir GOWAN CREEK 2020 showcases the distinctive terroir of the Gowan Creek Vineyard located in the renowned Anderson Valley. This exceptional pinot noir reflects the unique climate and soil composition of the valley, contributing to its vibrant and robust character.

    The wine presents a mesmerizing inky depth, hinting at its concentrated nature. Aromatic complexity greets the nose with rich scents of cassis, black plum, and blueberry, complemented by a subtle backdrop of pennyroyal. Further exploration reveals inviting hints of cedar and clove, courtesy of the French oak aging process, adding layers of depth and intrigue.

    Upon tasting, the Goldeneye Pinot Noir GOWAN CREE 2020 delights the palate with a plush, juicy texture. Robust tannins and balanced acidity provide a structured mouthfeel, while a rush of black cherry and blackberry jam flavors dominate. As the experience unfolds, notes of sweet holiday spices linger, culminating in a long, rich finish that echoes the complexity and elegance of this finely crafted wine.

    The 2020 vintage was shaped by a dry winter and a notably cold early spring, followed by a warmer April and May that initiated budbreak and bloom. Despite challenges posed by a mid-August heat spike and distant wildfires, extensive testing confirmed the high quality of the grapes. This careful selection process ensured a crop of beautifully concentrated wines with firm tannins, savory notes, and fresh-fruit flavors that are vividly expressed in this pinot noir.

    The 2020 Goldeneye GOWAN CREEK Pinot Noir has earned high praise and notable scores, including 92 points from both Wilfred Wong and James Suckling. Critics commend its excellent fruit presence and weight, highlighting flavors of earth, dried spices, and black fruits, along with oak nuances. Suckling points out its linear and focused nature, with delightful chocolate, berry, and walnut tones leading to a flavorful finish marked by hints of hazelnut.

    This Goldeneye pinot noir is an exemplary representation of the craftsmanship at Duckhorn Vineyards’ Goldeneye winery. It encapsulates the essence of the Anderson Valley’s wine-growing prowess and the expert stewardship of its terroir. Enjoy this wine’s layered complexity and refined elegance, ideally paired with dishes like oven-roasted, garlic and rosemary-infused leg of lamb to fully appreciate its depth and character.

    The Goldeneye 2019 Pinot Noir also reflects the commitment to quality that Dan and Margaret Duckhorn have instilled in Golden eye winery. This previous vintage combines ripe raspberries and balanced acidity with the winemaker notes emphasizing its smoothness and depth, characteristic of the cool-climate Anderson Valley.

    Goldeneye Winery, nestled in the picturesque Napa Valley, consistently produces top-tier wines. The Goldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot Noir from both goldeneye pinot noir 2019 and goldeneye pinot noir 2020 showcases the unique “Ten Degrees” complexity of the region. Each bottle offers a peek into the lush environment and skilled craftsmanship found just north of San Francisco.

    12 reviews for Goldeneye Pinot Noir GOWAN CREEK 2020

    1. Linda Garrett

      A sip of the Goldeneye Pinot Noir GOWAN CREEK 2020 is like biting into a red cherry, minerals, and anise flavored dessert. It’s a delicacy from Anderson Valley that you shouldn’t miss!

    2. Lyn Brown

      Just had the Goldeneye Pinot Noir, and I’m pleasantly surprised. The red fruit and vanilla notes are perfectly balanced, making it a treat to the palate. Anderson Valley has a gem here.

    3. Michelle Obleton

      Got to taste the Goldeneye Pinot Noir and I’m hooked. The hints of strawberry, cinnamon, and leather flavors are unlike anything I’ve ever tasted before. It’s a flavor explosion!

    4. Allyson Summers

      The Goldeneye Pinot Noir GOWAN CREEK 2020 is a symphony of flavors! A perfect amalgamation of oak, blackberry and cherry. Kristen McMahan, the winemaker, has truly outdone herself with this one.

    5. Patience Piper

      Goldeneye Pinot Noir is a true delight. The cranberry, mushroom, and pepper undertones give it a unique taste. Highly recommend for anyone looking to try something from Anderson Valley.

    6. Wanda Welch

      Goldeneye Gowan Creek Pinot Noir is a complex yet delightful wine. With Kristen McMahan winemaker’s expertise, the blend of flavors from oak to licorice to chocolate is truly one-of-a-kind from Anderson Valley.

    7. Helen Mitchell

      The Goldeneye Gowan Creek Pinot Noir is a journey through a myriad of flavors. The black fruit, cigar box, and clove notes make every sip a pleasure. Kristen McMahan, the winemaker, has created a real masterpiece.

    8. Robert Brown

      Goldeneye Pinot Noir GOWAN CREEK 2020 has a perfect balance of savory, coffee, and cedar. It’s like Kristen McMahan winemaker has bottled the very essence of Anderson Valley.

    9. Stephen Russell

      The Goldeneye Pinot Noir boasts flavors of fig, bramble, and blackcurrant. It’s like savoring a baking spice, cola, and cocoa flavored dessert, but in a wine! Anderson Valley has a real winner here.

    10. Richard Glancy

      The Goldeneye Pinot Noir GOWAN CREEK 2020 is a masterpiece from Kristen McMahan. The raspberry and tobacco undertones are such a unique combo, I’m definitely buying more!

    11. Craig Jones

      The Goldeneye Gowan Creek Pinot Noir radiates dark fruit, licorice, and chocolate notes. The earthy undertones and the smoke finish make it a memorable wine that stands out in Anderson Valley.

    12. Anna Mckinney

      The Goldeneye Gowan Creek Pinot Noir is an absolute delight with its unique blend of blueberry, earthy tones, and black cherry. It’s like a trip to Anderson Valley in every sip!

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    Critical Acclaim

    JS 92
    James Suckling
    A linear and focused red with chocolate, berry and walnut aromas and flavors. Medium body. Flavorful finish. Hints of hazelnut.
    WIL 92
    Wilfred Wong
    The 2020 Goldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot Noir offers excellent fruit and weight on the palate. TASTING NOTES: This wine excels with aromas and flavors of earth, dried spices, black fruits, and oak. Enjoy it with oven-roasted garlic and rosemary-infused leg of lamb. (Tasted: December 11, 2022, San Francisco, CA)

    What does Goldeneye Pinot Noir GOWAN CREEK 2020 taste like?


    Light
    Bold
    Smooth
    Tannic
    Dry
    Sweet
    Soft
    Acidic
    Earthy Flavors of the wine

    earthy, leather, smoke

    Red Fruit flavors of the wine

    cherry, red fruit, raspberry

    Oaky Flavors of the wine

    oak, vanilla, tobacco

    peach, stone fruit

    Black Fruit Flavors of the wine

    blackberry, plum, blueberry

    Aromas and Flavors of Spices in the wine

    cinnamon, licorice, savory

    Citrus notes found in the wine

    citrus

    cream, cheese

    Vegetal notes found in the wine

    bell pepper, grass

    fig, prune, raisin

    kiwi

    Floral aromas found in the wine

    lavender, violet

    Food Pairing with Goldeneye Pinot Noir GOWAN CREEK 2020

    Our wine experts think this Light and Perfumed Goldeneye Pinot Noir GOWAN CREEK 2020 wine would be a match made in heaven with these dishes. Bon appétit!

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