Two Creeks Vineyards Pinot Noir 2014

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Two Creeks Vineyards Pinot Noir 2014

Certified Sustainable, Organic or Biodynamic Green Certified

Region: America / California / Mendocino County
Grapes: 100% Pinot Noir

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. 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. 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 (38% new), 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.

92 Points

Critics Challenge Competition

2014 vintage
93 Points

Wine Enthusiast

2014 vintage
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harvest note

2014 was another fine vintage in Anderson Valley. The growing season featured a warm, dry spring that initiated early budbreak and led to a consistently mild summer characterized by cool, foggy mornings, warm afternoons and cool evenings. These conditions resulted in grapes with an ideal balance of ripe fruit flavors and bright, lively acidity.

tasting note

2014 Two Creeks Pinot Noir displays fresh, fragrant aromas of ripe black cherry, raspberry and rose petal with background hints of sandalwood and oak toast. Rich and vibrant on the palate, its succulent Bing cherry, wild berry and plum fruit leads to a long, flavorful finish featuring enticing cherry, spice and mineral tones. Delicious now, this elegantly structured, cool-climate pinot noir will benefit from up to five more years of bottle aging.

food pairing

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

technical data

GRAPES: 100% Pinot Noir
APPELLATION: 58% Annahala, 42% Apple Barn / 100% Anderson Valley
PH: 3.62
ACIDITY: 0.58 grams/100 ml
ABV: 14.9%
AGING: 10 months in French oak barrels, 38% new

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
  • 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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