Two Creeks Vineyards Pinot Noir 2016

Cakebread Cellars

Two Creeks Vineyards Pinot Noir 2016

Certified Sustainable, Organic or Biodynamic Green Certified

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

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, 37% new, for three months before blending. The blended wine aged another seven months in barrel before bottling.

90 Points

Ken's Wine

2016 vintage
91 Points

2016 vintage
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harvest note

Frequent modest rainfall during the winter and early spring of 2016 got the growing season off to an early start. Spring featured ideal conditions during bloom and fruit set. Mild summer weather was punctuated by several moderate, late‐season heat spells, which hastened harvest and brought both the Annahala and Apple Barn Vineyard grapes to optimum ripeness with an ideal balance of sugars and acidity.

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 now, the 2016 Two Creeks Vineyards Pinot Noir will develop additional complexity with another 3‐5 years of bottle age.

food pairing

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

technical data

GRAPES: 100% Pinot Noir
APPELLATION: 66% Annahala, 34% Apple Barn / 100% Anderson Valley
PH: 3.63
ACIDITY: 0.59 g/100 ml
ABV: 14.6%
AGING: 10 months in French oak barrels, 37% new

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 (66%) and Apple Barn (34%)
  • 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.”

– Stephanie Jacobs, Winemaker

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