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Goldeneye Pinot Noir 2021

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14.20% /
750ml /
Vintage: 2021
  • WS 92
  • WIL 92
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Goldeneye Pinot Noir 2021 is a true reflection of the exceptional skill of winemaker Kristen McMahan, who, with her deep understanding of the Anderson Valley terroir, has crafted a wine that mesmerizes from the first glance to the final sip. This wine, emerging from the prestigious Goldeneye winery, is a journey through the rich landscapes and the nuanced craftsmanship that defines this renowned label.

Upon pouring, the Goldeneye Pinot Noir 2021 reveals its vibrant garnet color, a visual promise of the depth and complexity that await. The aroma captivates with a bouquet of fresh raspberry and black cherry, interwoven with the cozy, familiar scent of blackberry pie. Adding intrigue are whispers of warm baking spices and a refreshing hint of pennyroyal, alongside a subtle coastal salinity, inviting one into a broader exploration of its aromatic profile.

The taste journey of this Pinot Noir is nothing short of remarkable. Bright acidity and soft tannins create a harmonious foundation for the flavors of Bing cherry and bramble berries to shine. As the experience deepens, notes of leather and breakfast tea emerge, adding sophistication and complexity. This delightful progression culminates in a long, satisfying finish, leaving an indelible mark of elegance and depth.

Kristen McMahan’s expertise shines through in the meticulous aging process, with 16 months in 100% French oak achieving a sublime balance between the rich contributions of new wood and the subtle, grounding influence of neutral barrels. This careful aging process ensures that each characteristic of the Anderson Valley Pinot Noir and its terroir is vividly expressed, embodying the essence of both the grape and its origin.

The Goldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2021 is not just a wine; it is a testament to the craftsmanship of Goldeneye winery, showcasing the exceptional talents of winemaker Kristen McMahan. This vintage is celebrated not only for its intrinsic quality but also for the acclaim it has garnered from wine critics. With 92 points from Wine Spectator highlighting its “juicy and inviting” nature and another 92 from Wilfred Wong praising its “bright, fresh, and pleasing” character, this wine has proven itself as a standout in the world of Pinot Noir.

In essence, the Goldeneye Pinot Noir 2021 embodies the spirit of the Anderson Valley and the dedication of its makers. It’s a sensory voyage that reflects the best of what the goldeneye winery pinot noir can offer, solidifying its place as a cherished expression of the region. Whether you’re a long-time fan of duckhorn goldeneye or discovering the allure of anderson valley pinot noir for the first time, this wine promises an unforgettable experience that captivates and delights with every glass.

18 reviews for Goldeneye Pinot Noir 2021

  1. Patsy Mahler

    The Goldeneye Winery Pinot Noir is a symphony of flavors. It has a nice balance of strawberry and smoke, with a hint of cinnamon.

  2. Carol Davis

    The Goldeneye Pinot Noir 2016 is a tantalizing mix of flavors. The cherry and leather notes give it a robust taste.

  3. Philip Littrell

    The Goldeneye Pinot Noir 2016 was a pleasure to taste, with its earthy undertones and delightful cherry and plum notes. A perfect partner for a cozy evening.

  4. Mildred Boyer

    The Anderson Valley Pinot Noir from Goldeneye is a real treasure. The combination of licorice and cedar is quite intriguing.

  5. Dion Harrison

    The Goldeneye Winery Pinot Noir is a treat. The clove and strawberry flavors are a delightful surprise.

  6. Andrew Randle

    The Anderson Valley Pinot Noir from Goldeneye is decadently rich. The blend of blackberry and cream is beautifully smooth.

  7. Phillip Kelly

    Duckhorn Goldeneye is a true masterpiece. The blend of minerals and cream with a hint of nutmeg is quite unique.

  8. Elizabeth Jean

    Finally, the Goldeneye Pinot is a gem. The combination of savory leather and rich dark fruit is simply irresistible.

  9. Frances Bone

    Duckhorn Goldeneye has a unique charm. The flavors of tobacco and dark fruit make it an ideal choice for a sophisticated palate.

  10. Kevin Harper

    Can’t get enough of the Goldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2021. The hint of pepper and black cherry is indeed a game-changer.

  11. Michael Cohen

    The Goldeneye Winery Pinot Noir is quite the treat. The cola and raspberry flavor combination is exceptionally pleasing.

  12. Albert Suarez

    Just popped open a bottle of Goldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2021. The splash of vanilla and raspberry flavors is truly refreshing.

  13. Harry Gemmill

    Thanks to Kristen McMahan, the winemaker, the Goldeneye Pinot Noir is a marvel. The blend of pomegranate and forest floor is truly innovative.

  14. Cynthia Stroope

    Goldeneye Pinot is such a delight! The mix of oak and red fruit is simply divine. Plus, the hint of chocolate is a nice surprise.

  15. Evelyn Hinton

    The Goldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2021 is a pleasure to savor. The blend of jam and blueberry is a sweet symphony.

  16. Teddy Fennell

    The Goldeneye Pinot Noir 2016 is a flavor-packed delight. The mix of earthy mushroom and red cherry creates an enchanting flavor profile.

  17. Dominick Neely

    Kristen McMahan, the winemaker, has done a fantastic job with this Goldeneye Pinot Noir. The blend of cranberry and baking spice is just perfect.

  18. Charles Bartlett

    The Goldeneye Pinot is a lovely blend of savory and sweet. The notes of caramel and oak are a delightful duo.

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What does Goldeneye Pinot Noir taste like?

Goldeneye Pinot Noir offers a vibrant taste with layers of Bing cherry and bramble berries, complemented by subtle notes of leather and breakfast tea. Its bright acidity and supple tannins lead to a long, elegant finish, showcasing a delightful balance of fruitiness and depth.

Who makes Goldeneye Pinot?

Founders Dan and Margaret Duckhorn focused on making a terroir-inspired expression of California Pinot Noir.

Critical Acclaim

WS 92
Wine Spectator
Juicy and inviting, with tasty raspberry and mulberry notes infused with pine forest, red tea and wet earth accents. Keeps the fleshy, juicy feel through the lightly toasted finish. Drink now through 2028.
WIL 92
Wilfred Wong
The 2021 Goldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot Noir is bright, fresh, and pleasing. TASTING NOTES: This wine exhibits aromas and flavors of cherry pie and blackberries. (Tasted: June 15, 2023, San Francisco, CA)

What does Goldeneye Pinot Noir 2021 taste like?

Earthy Flavors of the wine

earthy, leather, smoke

Red Fruit flavors of the wine

cherry, strawberry, raspberry

Oaky Flavors of the wine

oak, vanilla, chocolate

apple, apricot, peach

Black Fruit Flavors of the wine

plum, blackberry, black cherry

Aromas and Flavors of Spices in the wine

cinnamon, pepper, licorice

Citrus notes found in the wine

citrus, orange, grapefruit

cream, cheese, yeast

Vegetal notes found in the wine

rhubarb, tomato, grass

fig, prune, raisin

passion fruit

Floral aromas found in the wine

violet, rose petal, lavender

Food Pairing with Goldeneye Pinot Noir 2021

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Winemaker of Goldeneye Pinot Noir 2021

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