Goldeneye 2007 Ten Degrees Pinot Noir
In the early 1990s, Margaret and Dan Duckhorn, owners of Duckhorn Vineyards, the couple searched for vineyards that would enable them to pursue the perfect Pinot Noir. They settled on territory in Mendocino County’s Anderson Valley, acquiring Gowan Creek Vineyard (the first of four properties), where they dubbed their new project Goldeneye Winery—a name that not only alludes to a species of duck that migrates through the area, but also maintains the anatine nomenclature of their second winery in Napa Valley Paraduxx. The Goldeneye 2007 Ten Degrees Pinot Noir, a potent blend of the finest lots from each of their vineyards, is heady with aromas of blackberry and smoky chaparral. The texture is unctuous, and a precise mineral finish punctuates its palate of concentrated flavors.