Domaine Eden Pinot Noir 2016
Release Date: Spring 2019
Our Domaine Eden Pinot is a classic interpretation of the variety. The word is “elegant” – nothing is exaggerated or out of place and the acidity is balanced with moderate alcohol. It is just as it should be.
Grown on a north facing slope at 1600 feet on our Domaine Eden estate, the grapes were harvested from August 17th - September 16th under perfect late summer days. All fermentations were natural and the wine was aged for 12 months in one to three-year-old French oak. There was no fining or filtration before bottling, a natural wine in its essence.
The aromas speak of cherries with a note of forest spice. Flavors echo the more deep cherry fruit and subtle oak flavors. This Pinot will continue to develop and improve for the next decade.
Yield: 1.5 tons per acre
Harvest: August 17th-September 16th
Numbers @ Harvest: 23.0° Brix, 3.40 pH, 8.0 grams acidity
Barrel Regimen: French Burgundy-1-3 years old
Bottling: August 2017; no fining or filtration
92 points Wine & Spirits - April 2019
The delicacy of this pinot noir keeps it airy even as its red fruit saturates the texture and some youthful reductive notes close it off. The green-onion tension gives way to briny notes of seaweed and beach grass, the oak adding a smoky undertone.
92 points Robert Parker Jr's The Wine Advocate - February 2020, Week 1
The 2016 Pinot Noir has a pale to medium ruby-purple color and notions of eucalyptus, forest floor, cool blueberries, raspberry and sweet strawberry preserves with prosciutto, faint hints of dried herbs, wild blackberries and an orange peel note. The palate is light to medium-bodied with an intense core of perfumed fruit, a soft, grainy frame and juicy acidity, finishing with pretty berry notes. —E.B.
91 points Wine Enthusiast Magazine - October 2019
From Mount Eden’s more affordable sister property comes this heady bottling, which begins with aromas of dark red fruit and freshly laid asphalt. The palate is immensely earthy, with more tar and a touch of singed boar skin, yet set against a dark raspberry and cranberry profile. Drink 2020–2031. —M.K.
89 points Antonio Galloni presents Vinous - October 31, 2019
The 2016 Pinot Noir is a very pretty wine that will drink well right out of the gate. Sweet floral, savory and spice overtones and bright, red cherry fruit add character to this delicate, perfumed Pinot. In 2016, the Pinot is a bit light, but attractive and accessible.