Two Creeks Vineyards Pinot Noir

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Two Creeks Vineyards Pinot Noir

Certified Sustainable, Organic or Biodynamic Green Certified

Region: America / California / Mendocino County

Two Creeks Pinot Noir is a blend of grapes from the Annahala and Apple Barn Estate vineyards in Mendocino County’s Anderson Valley, a cool coastal appellation renowned for its superb Pinots. The region’s close proximity to the Pacific Ocean has a dramatic cooling effect that promotes slow, even ripening. Annahala and Apple Barn share this marine-influenced climate and an overlapping mix of nine superior pinot noir clones. Closer to the coast and sheltered by trees, Annahala is the cooler and foggier of the two sites, while Apple Barn is more exposed and enjoys warmer afternoons. Blending their fruit yields a beautifully aromatic, flavorful and balanced Pinot Noir. Grapes are harvested at night to preserve freshness, then hand‐sorted and de‐stemmed from 16 distinctive vineyard blocks into small, open‐top tanks, where they are cold‐soaked and allowed to warm naturally to ambient temperature, enabling native yeasts from the vineyard to initiate fermentation. Subsequent inoculation with a cultured yeast strain completes fermentation. Each lot of fruit ferments separately, with gentle punchdowns of the skins to fully extract color, flavor and fine tannins. A small percentage of stems is left in the fermenters to add spice and complexity. After fermentation, the free‐run juice is drained from each tank and transferred to French oak barrels, where they age for three months before blending. The blended wine ages another seven months in barrel before bottling.

91 Points

Wine Advocate

2017 vintage
90 Points

Ken's Wine

2016 vintage
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tasting note

Fragrant aromas of sweet black cherry, raspberry and rose petal introduce the rich, pure fruit of this fresh and lively Pinot Noir. Dense mid‐palate flavors of ripe black cherry, red cherry, strawberry and plum, supported by fine, supple tannins, offer a layered complexity and glide into a round, long finish highlighting bright raspberry, cherry and mineral tones. Delicious upon release, Two Creeks Vineyards Pinot Noir develops additional complexity with another 3‐5 years of bottle age.

food pairing

Delicious with seared tuna or swordfish, pork or lighter red meats.

points of distinction

  • A Burgundian-style Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley, a premier cool-climate AVA
  • 100% Pinot Noir blended from two Estate vineyards, Annahala and Apple Barn
  • Each clone is fermented and aged separately; the wine spends a total of 10 months in French oak barrels
  • about the grape +
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“Our emphasis on fruit quality captures the expression of black cherry, plum and pomegranate in the wine.”

– Stephanie Jacobs, Winemaker

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