Goldeneye, Anderson Valley (California) Pinot Noir “Ten Degrees Vineyard” 2011

($115): Confusingly, the Ten Degrees Vineyard bottling does not come from a single vineyard, but rather is a blend of Goldeneye’s best lots from their four Anderson Valley vineyards, making it more like a “Reserve” bottling than an expression of a single discreet place.  Similar to many young Reserve wines, lots of seductive oak flavors are showing at this stage, but there’s certainly plenty of underlying deep ripe fruit notes for balance.  Spicy herbal elements also emerge.  Its complexity becomes apparent as it expands in the glass.  This full-bodied Pinot Noir is very young and un-evolved at this stage and would best be left in the cellar for several years so its components come together.  Its silky tannins allow you to drink it now, but if you opt to do so, pair it with a rich and meaty dish.
93 Michael Apstein Mar 18, 2014