On their way toward establishing their own winery in the Umpqua Valley of Oregon, Terry and Sue Brandborg made some good Pinot Noirs from well selected vineyards in California. This is an excellent example.
Deep ruby, relatively dark for an 18-year-old Pinot. Black fruits, dark spices and Balsamic. Reminds me a bit of Goldeneye Pinots I had several years ago. Dark cherry but some red berries peek through in the flavors. Fully focused and pure Anderson Valley fruit. Ripe but with good balancing acidity. A gorgeous wine.
I bought this wine at auction for $6, apparently because other bidders were wary of bidding for an 18-year-old Pinot Noir from California. I wish there had been more to buy. Anderson Valley Pinots clearly age very well.