Nestled in the deep end of the Anderson Valley is one of Mendocino’s most renowned wineries: Goldeneye. Here you can sit on the vineyard’s edge and enjoy some of the world’s finest pinot noir, accompanied by tasting treats to highlight the rich flavors of the wine.
Part of Napa’s world-famous Duckhorn family, Goldeneye is one of Mendocino’s gems. Everything here is of the highest caliber – from the wines to the grounds to the overall aesthetic. Tasting here feels like tasting at one of the grand châteaux of Burgundy, but with all the charm of a rural wine region.
Goldeneye is most famous for its offering of pinot noir wines – which have been served everywhere from Michelin star restaurants to the White House. They have a selection of single vineyard designates – Confluence, Split Rail, The Narrows, and Gowan Creek – as well as vineyard blends. The winemaking style here is classic Californian, while retaining the signature hallmarks of Anderson Valley wines. Bright, lush fruit flavors, along with earthy undertones that express the unique terroir of the Anderson Valley. While these wines are not cheap by Mendocino standards, when compared to the wines of Napa and Sonoma they are some of the best values in California.
Alongside their pinot noir, Goldeneye also offers a vin gris of pinot noir, perfect for sipping on a warm summer day, full of strawberry, rhubarb, and cherry. Goldeneye has also begun to produce limited quantities of two Alsace varietals – wines that flourish in the Anderson Valley’s climate. Their gewürztraminer is off-dry, with lychee notes and a crisp acid perfect for food pairing. Their pinot gris also has bright acid, with unripe stone fruit and apple throughout.
Unlike many tastings in Mendocino, Goldeneye doesn’t feature a tasting bar. Instead, you’ll be shown to a table, and served a course of wine tasting – overlooking the beautiful vineyard as weather permits. Dried cherries, nuts, and other tasting accompaniments are provided. Because of the format, it’s a good idea to set aside a fair amount of time for your tasting here – you’ll want to linger over these wines and stunning scenery.