Dan and Margaret Duckhorn are best known for their outstanding Napa Valley Merlot. During the 1990s, they began experimenting with Pinot Noir sourced from several California AVAs. These included Sonoma Valley, Russian River Valley, Carneros, and Anderson Valley.
The Duckhorns were most impressed with the results of their Anderson Valley Pinot and began looking for property to purchase. In 1996, they bought their first 80 acres in the valley and made their inaugural vintage of 375 cases the following year. They currently own 149 planted acres on four distinct properties.
Dan and Margaret also searched for a talented winemaker, and found what they were looking for in Zach Rasmuson. Mr. Rasmuson has a non-interventionist philosophy and lets the beauty of the fruit speak for itself. The results have been quite successful.
The 2003 Goldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot Noir is a blend of the best grapes from the Duckhorns’ Anderson Valley vineyards. Attesting to the attention given to the physiological ripeness of the grapes, harvest dates ranged from September 10th to October 26th. This wine was aged in 100% new French oak for 16 months.