Wiley Vineyard, Anderson Valley, CA
Inaugural release Pinot Noir from the famed Wiley Vineyard in the Deep End of Anderson Valley, California. Floral characters with aromas of red fruit, tempered with hints of cinnamon and vanilla imparted by French and Hungarian Cooperage (30% new oak). A delicate wine with ever evolving aromatics. Begin drinking this wine in 2016 or cellar for up to 20+ years. Small hand-made production with 868 bottles produced.
Wine Enthusiast gives this wine 92 points: “A classic light color and complex aromas like rhubarb, forest floor and raspberry precede lively red cherry, pomegranate and mushroom flavors on a lean and appetizing texture. This outstanding wine makes a great change of pace from the ponderous fruit-and-oak bombs.”
John Gilman, in the September-October issue of his publication A View from the Cellar, rated our 2014 Wiley Vineyard Pinot Noir 92 points and noted, “The 2014 Wiley Vineyard bottling of pinot noir from Terragena is a cool and classy customer, … offering up lovely red fruity tones and plenty of transparency. The bouquet wafts from the glass in a classically weedy, Anderson Valley mix of cherries, strawberries, fresh thyme, mustard seed, coffee, dollop of cedar and a superb base of soil tones. On the palate the wine is medium-full, bright and youthfully structured, with fine intensity of flavor at the core, impressive soil signature, moderate tannins and a long, tangy and nascently complex finish. This is really a fine bottle of pinot noir in the making… .” He suggests that while our pinot noir is very drinkable now, it could be aged until 2020 to 2045.
William “Rusty” Gaffney, otherwise known as “the Prince of Pinot,” wrote in his publication the PinotFile: “Light ruby red color in the glass. The perfume of cherry, oak spice, forest and pipe smoke is appealing. Light in weight with a core of red cherry and red cranberry fruit laced with a burnt tobacco note. Exquisite balance, with a satiny mouthfeel, and a modest finish. The fruit seems to have been harvested a little short of full ripeness but that may be the intended style.”