It was August 29th, my birthday. It also happened to be International Cabernet Day (sort of an official wine day? Not sure but what the hell.) So as wine lovers reached for a Cab to open last Friday, I, like the proverbial salmon swimming upstream and bucking the currents, opened Pinot Noir - which also happens to compliment salmon quite well. The Goldeneye 2011 Confluence Vineyard Pinot Noir from the Mendocino’s Anderson Valley is that type of Pinot Noir that makes you realizes why you love, or should love, Pinot Noir, because it has everything, a confluence of a deft acidity, black cherry, raspberry, mild strawberry, a hint of dark cola, spice, judicious oak, and it walks that line between being polite yet mysterious, and an in-your-face attitude, and that indescribable intangible that just makes it taste so damn good. Many Pinots have some of these components in various quantities but to find the whole package is like discovering plutonium. Bam! Suddenly in your glass is that elusive wine people write poetry about, and winemakers weep over - and this Goldeneye is like a golden goose.
ORIGIN: Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
PRICE: $80 - 750/ml
BOOZEHOUNDZ SCORE: 93 POINTS