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92 points Wine Spectator
Expression 39°’s 2012 Anderson Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir was produced from a site in Mendocino County on the Eastern Ridge of the Anderson Valley. This site is ideally suited to produce world-class Pinot Noir and is truly a showcase vineyard. As stated by Wine Spectator, the 2012 Anderson Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir is, “A yummy effort, highlighted by ripe plum, blueberry and wild berry flavors. Supple in texture and framed by crisp tannins, this is impressive for the length. Flavor spills forth on the aftertaste.”
The Anderson Valley, located in Northern California’s Mendocino County, is a unique growing area highlighted by a maritime climate that funnels in from the Pacific Ocean through the valley via the Navarro River bed. The unique cool climate, combined with well-drained alluvial soils of the Feliz and Pinole series that dominate this area, are the primary reasons that the Anderson Valley AVA has emerged as one of the world’s most exciting wine-growing regions.
The pristine clusters of Pinot Noir were cold-picked, destemmed, sorted and then underwent a prolonged cold-soak for optimum extraction and texture. Fermentation was done in one-ton small batches, and then the resulting wine was “barreled down” into French oak barrels (1/3 new) to deepen texture and add refinement. Bottled in September 2013, this stunning Pinot Noir shows off beautiful fruit, demonstrates a combination of power and grace and continues to turn heads!