Two Creeks Vineyards Pinot Noir

Cakebread Cellars

Two Creeks Vineyards Pinot Noir

Certified Sustainable, Organic or Biodynamic Green Certified

Region: America / California / Mendocino County

Two Creeks Pinot Noir blends grapes from the Annahala and Apple Barn Estate vineyards in Mendocino County’s Anderson Valley, an appellation renowned for its superb Pinots. Proximity to the Pacific Ocean has a dramatic cooling effect that promotes slow, even ripening. Closer to the coast and sheltered by trees, Annahala is the cooler and foggier vineyard, while Apple Barn is more exposed and enjoys warmer afternoons; both sites share an overlapping mix of nine superior Pinot Noir clones. Grapes were harvested at night to preserve freshness, then hand-sorted and de-stemmed into small open-top tanks for a cold-soak. Fermentation was initiated by native yeasts from the vineyard and completed after inoculation with a cultured yeast strain. Each of 16 vineyard block lots fermented separately, with a small percentage of stems to add spice and complexity. After fermentation, the free-run juice was transferred to French oak barrels, 41% new, for three months before blending. The blended wine aged another ten months in barrel before bottling.

91 Points

Wine Advocate

2017 vintage
90 Points

Ken's Wine Guide.com

2016 vintage
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tasting note

Aromas of sweet black cherry, raspberry, rose petal and violet carry over onto a fresh palate of raspberry and flavors. Round, silky tannins support the bright fruit, and a touch of minerality complements the delicious red fruit expression over a smooth finish.

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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