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 is a blend of grapes from the Annahala and Apple Barn estate vineyards in Mendocino County’s Anderson Valley, a 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 the marine-influenced climate and an overlapping mix of nine superior Pinot Noir clones, including the famed Joseph Swan and Pommard selections. 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 and varietal intensity. Individual lots are cold-soaked, then fermentation is initiated by native yeast and sustained by cultured yeast in small, open-top tanks. Free run juice from each lot is drained from the skins and transferred to French oak barrels, where they age for three months before the most expressive lots are blended. The blended wine ages another seven months in barrel prior to bottling.

93 Points

Ken's Wine

2015 vintage
92 Points

Critics Challenge Competition

2014 vintage
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tasting note

The wine displays fresh, fragrant aromas of red and black cherry, raspberry and tea-leaf spice. The palate is lush and mouth-filling with rich blackberry, strawberry, raspberry and plum flavors that segue into a long finish suffused with notes of black cherry, spice and mineral. Delicious now, this full-flavored, cool-climate Pinot Noir will develop additional complexity with up to five more years of bottle aging.

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 the Apple Barn and Annahala estate vineyards
  • Each clone is fermented and aged separately; the wine spends a total of 10 months in French oak barrels
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“Our emphasis on fruit quality captures the expression of black cherry, plum and pomegranate in the wine.”

– Julianne Laks, Winemaker

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