A classic coastal Pinot Noir from the far reaches of Mendocino, this elegant wine offers a vivacious and exotic presentation with aromas of strawberry rhubarb, rose petal, raspberry, wild berry, crushed rock, wood smoke and red cherry. A soft entry and plush palate deliver berry patch flavors, balanced by orange peel notes, with a chalky, mineral-driven finish. Bright acidity, fine-grained tannin, and classic Anderson Valley finesse combine to create a beautifully balanced Pinot Noir that, while enjoyable in its youth, possesses impressive aging potential.

Facts & Figures

  • Vintage2016
  • Varietal composition100% Pinot Noir
  • AppellationAnderson Valley
  • Harvest DatesAugust 29 and 30, September 6, 14 and 22, 2016
  • Release DatesJanuary 1, 2018
  • Alcohol/PH/TA12.9% / 3.43 / 6.2g/L
  • CooperagesDamy, Francois Freres, Kadar, Rousseau, and Taransaud
  • Cases Produced4,201 6-packs

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Critical Acclaim

The wines show deft integration of oak, judicious use of whole cluster fermentation, pleasant aromatics, flavor without weight, and bright acidity for refreshing drinking. Derek definitely has something going here and I would recommend the Pinot Noirs without reservations.

— Rusty Gaffney, The Pinot File

Wines from the likes of producers such as Rhys, Kalin Cellars, Porter Creek, Joseph Swan, Copain and Littorai are really stunning testaments to just what is possible when pinot noir is planted in the right places in California and produced in such a way as to maximize its varietal purity and transparency of soil signature. Newcomers (at least to me) such as Poe Vineyards, Kendric Vineyards, Knez Winery and Bravium show that this varietal is really coming of age in several different regions of California.

— John Gilman, View From the Cellar

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