When Duckhorn Vineyards wanted to do Pinot Noir they went north where the cool climate Anderson Valley in Mendocino showed real promise for growing complex richly textured Pinot Noir. For this Anderson Valley bottling grapes are sourced from each of the single estate vineyards and from a few indepenant local growers. To further enhance the depth and complexity, winemaker Michael Fay selects only a small percentage of the finest fruit
before applying small-lot, artisanal winemaking techniques. The wine was aged in 65% new French oak Burgundy-style barrels from the Allier, Vosges and Tronšais forests for 16 months. The Wine Spectator scored it 91 points saying "Shows good tension between the tight, vibrant blueberry and blackberry notes, with firm tannins showing a loamy earth and roasted herb edge. This fans out nicely on the finish. Drink now through 2022."