2017 Goldeneye (Duckhorn) Pinot Noir Ten Degrees

Pinot Noir - 750ML
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WE 94

Wine Enthusiast, May 2021

Dazzling spicy aromas and vibrant black-fruit flavors converge beautifully in this bold but balanced wine. Scents of wood smoke, toasted oak, cardamom and black pepper meet black cherry, aged beef and blueberry on the...
JD 93

jebdunnuck.com, May 2020

The most expensive Pinot Noir in the lineup, the 2017 Pinot Noir Ten Degrees is a cellar selection brought up in 100% new French oak. This medium ruby/plum-hued 2017 has a ripe, sexy bouquet of black cherry and cassis...
WS 92

Wine Spectator, October 2020

Ripe, with good power to the zesty cherry and raspberry tart flavors, featuring notes of hot stone and cedar. Dark chocolate and Asian spice details emerge on the toasty finish. Drink now through 2024. 812 cases made. — KM


Color & Type Red
Varietal Pinot Noir
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Mendocino
Sub-appellation Anderson Valley
Vintage 2017
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14.5%
Closure Cork

In 1990, after fifteen years of making world-class Bordeaux-varietal wines under the famous Duckhorn label, owners Dan and Margaret Duckhorn embraced their growing love of Pinot Noir. The vision for Goldeneye was simple - to start a winery that could make a terroir-inspired expression of California Pinot Noir of equal stature to the acclaimed Merlots they had pioneered at Duckhorn Vineyards in Napa Valley.

They knew that the finest Pinot Noir thrives in very different conditions than Merlot. They found what they were looking for in the Anderson Valley, an appellation that had all the ingredients for producing world-class Pinot. In 1996, Goldeneye Winery was founded and the first estate vineyard was selected. A year later, Goldeneye harvested its first grapes, a modest 7 tons of estate fruit yielding 375 cases of wine, which were released in March of 2000.

Today, Goldeneye features the appellation’s preeminent Pinot Noir estate program, which spans the valley and includes four estate vineyards and more than 200 acres under vine. Their style has become the benchmark for the region, and has catapulted Goldeneye to the ranks of the world’s finest Pinot Noir.

The 2017 Goldeneye (Duckhorn) Pinot Noir Ten Degrees is a wine that commands attention from the moment it is poured. With its deep red color and enticing aromas, it is a true gem among Pinot Noir selections. Produced by the esteemed Goldeneye (Duckhorn) winery in the Anderson Valley sub-appellation of Mendocino, California, this wine showcases the exceptional quality and craftsmanship for which the region is known.

On the nose, the 2017 Pinot Noir Ten Degrees reveals a ripe and seductive bouquet of black cherry and cassis fruits. These luscious aromas are complemented by delicate notes of toasted spice and dried flowers, adding layers of complexity to the wine's profile. This vintage is a medium-bodied wine with a textured mouthfeel and a ripe, fruit-forward character that is characteristic of the 2017 vintage.

The wine's aging process in 100% new French oak barrels has imparted a subtle minerality and focus that is present in all of Goldeneye's wines. This adds depth and structure to the wine, allowing it to evolve gracefully over time. With a generous alcohol content of 14.5%, this Pinot Noir Ten Degrees is bold and powerful, yet beautifully balanced.

Renowned wine critic Jeb Dunnuck awarded this wine an impressive score of 93 points, praising its upfront appeal and the savory style of the 2017 vintage. Wine Spectator also lauds its ripe flavors, noting the zesty cherry and raspberry tart flavors and the hints of hot stone and cedar. Wine Enthusiast gives it a remarkable score of 94, highlighting its dazzling spicy aromas and vibrant black-fruit flavors.

With only 812 cases produced, this limited-edition wine is a true collector's item. It is recommended to enjoy this wine now, as it is already showing its potential, but it is expected to continue evolving gracefully for the next 10-12 years. Pair it with grilled duck breast, roasted lamb, or a selection of artisanal cheeses to enhance its rich and complex flavors. The 2017 Goldeneye (Duckhorn) Pinot Noir Ten Degrees is a wine that showcases the best of what California's North Coast has to offer, and it is sure to leave a lasting impression on any wine enthusiast.