2019 Cakebread Pinot Noir Two Creeks
2019 Cakebread Pinot Noir Two Creeks, from Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
“Bright, yet balanced acidity showcases deep purple hues edged in garnet. Aromas of ripe black cherry and dark berries lead into a rich palate of fresh raspberry and juicy strawberry. Silky yet bold the finish is long and lingering with concentrated flavors from the dark fruits showcasing nuances of minerality. Fresh and intense the layers of complexity evolve from your first sip to your last.” – Winery
Anderson Valley, located in Mendocino County just above Sonoma County, is one of California’s coolest AVAs, allowing it a long growing season. Only 15 miles long, the region makes a slice eastward through the mountains, from the frigid Pacific Ocean. Dramatic diurnal temperature variations here preserve grape acidity and thus freshness in the finished wines. These are prime conditions for growing Pinot Noir, and the valley produces many fine versions. Characteristics of Anderson Valley Pinot Noir typically include crisp acidity, cranberry and strawberry notes as well as earthy notes of forest floor and mushroom.
Still Pinot Noir, however, is only part of the story. Pinot Noir, along with Chardonnay, are also grown for Anderson Valley’s exceptional sparkling wines. Produced via the traditional method, these offer a classic toasty note from lees aging, bright, complex fruit notes and a clean, refreshing character.
Over 30 years ago, Jack Cakebread came to photograph the Napa Valley for a book and while there, he casually mentioned his interest in one day owning a vineyard to some family friends who had a ranch in Rutherford. When he returned home that afternoon, the phone rang and it was the family friends offering to sell their property. He headed back up to the valley that same afternoon to make his best offer, and Cakebread Cellars was born.