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Goldeneye Winery

Goldeneye Winery 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 five estate vineyards, planted to 173 vine acres. These vineyards are planted with 22 different clonal varieties on 14 diverse rootstocks in 23 separate blocks, 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.

From San Francisco via the Golden Gate Bridge: From San Francisco, cross the Golden Gate Bridge, and take Highway 101 North (for approximately 75 miles) to the Highway 128 west exi. From San Francisco via the Bay Bridge: Take the Bay Bridge to the East Bay and follow signs towards Sacramento on I-80. Take the San Rafael Bridge/Highway 580 exit. Follow Hwy 580 over the bridge and merge onto Highway 101 north. Take Highway 101 north (for approximately 70 miles) to the Highway 128 west exi. From the Sacramento area: Take Highway 80 west towards San Francisco, exiting at Highway 37 westbound. Follow Highway 37 to Highway 101 north. Merge and take Highway 101 North (for approximately 60 miles) to the Highway 128 west exit. At the Highway 128 west exi. Turn Left off the freeway. Follow for approximately one mile to Highway 128. Turn right on Highway 128 towards Mendocino. Follow for approximately 25 miles. Pass through the town of Boonville. Goldeneye winery is five miles past the town of Boonville on the left?look for the white fence. If you have reached the town of Philo, you have gone too far!

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9200 Highway 128, Philo, CA, US, 95466 Email:
Phone: 707-895-3202 Web:
Fax: 707-963-7595
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  Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
This is a well-balanced wine with a lush entry, velvety mouthfeel, bright acidity, well-structured tannins, and a lingering finish. The aroma is rich with plum and black cherry mingled with smoked bacon, anise, earth, and caramel. The flavors are ripe with strawberry and cherry followed by toasted oak, clove, and vanilla.
  Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
This is a full-bodied wine with a smooth mouthfeel, fine tannin structure, lush texture and a lingering finish. The aroma is complex with notes of cherry, earth, smoke, cedar and flowers. The flavors are predominantly plum, blackberry, mushroom and strawberry with a spicy dash of black pepper.


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