Lichen Moonglow Pinot Noir Anderson Valley 2016
BOOM! Anderson Valley’s pinot powerhouse LICHEN at the best price in the world!! How lucky are WE??
We have only sold the Lichen wines once before. They are too popular, too hard to get -- until today. We don’t know if it was the begging, pleading, our handsome good looks or what, but we got a few (a FEW!) cases to sell. 2016 is such a terrific vintage up in the Anderson Valley, too -- this wine is LUSH and complex!! Love love love it.
Some of you savvy pinot-philes may remember the highly-regarded Breggo winery -- owners Doug and Ana Stewart sold the winery to Cliff Lede (here in Napa) and re-invented themselves as LICHEN. The wines are SEXY. This pinot, called Moonglow, is round and plush and silky, with fresh sweet cherry fruit, candied cherry, red whips, and even a hint of baking chocolate...the finish goes on and on, even after you’ve cleaned up, washed the dishes and gone to bed. What can we say? Lovely, generous, silky pinot!! Only a tiny bit to go around...good thing it’s a quiet Saturday...will go fast…!
Technical DetailsCountry: United States
Region: North Coast, California
Appellation: ANDERSON VALLEY
Blend: 100% Pinot Noir
Varietal: Pinot Noir
About The Producer
In the year 2000, we bought this 203-acre farm in the heart of Anderson Valley. It had been a sheep ranch for 150 years. Oaks, bays, and madrones lined the four creeks and dotted the rolling hills of our watershed. Every winter the oaks lost their leaves but the green ghostly garb of lichen remained. Lichen is everywhere here, from the Yorkville Highlands to the Mendocino Coast. We named our farm "Lichen Estate" in honor of its beauty and grace.
Most locals know our property as Breggo. We founded Breggo Cellars in 2005, intending to reset the bar on Pinot Noir and cold-climate whites in Anderson Valley. Breggo bought fruit from the most renowned vineyards in Anderson Valley. Not long after releasing the first vintage, accolades for Breggo’s wines started rolling in: Robert Parker called Breggo's 2006 Pinot gris the “finest ever in the New World,” then Food & Wine Magazine named Breggo the “Best New Winery of 2008.” Breggo became the highest rated winery in Mendocino County history. In 2009, we received an offer too good to refuse. Reluctantly, we sold the brand but kept the land, with an eye toward starting a new venture focused on sparkling and still wines made from the estate. We leased the winery building to the new owner for five years.
We began planning and preparing our own soils in 2007, then planted the Lichen Estate vineyard in 2008. At the end of 2014, that Breggo lease ended and Lichen’s first estate-grown wines were ready. We’re back, baby.
We intend to reset the bar on our own wines with estate-grown fruit, and estate crafted still and sparkling Pinot noir and Pinot gris.
We farm gently, meticulously, organically. We strive to leave our children and grandchildren land that is healthier than it was in 2000 when we arrived. In the vineyard, we foster biological diversity from the top of the canopy to deep in the soils. We left half the property outside the fence that contains our vineyard and the flock of 80-odd sheep, with a wilderness corridor, including our main creek, from the ridge to valley floor, tracing the edge of the vineyard. Bears rummage through our pomace as it composts. Tree frogs and crickets sing our vineyards to sleep. Clusters warm up to the whir of honeybees. Lichen creates a symbiotic relationship with its host trees. Like lichen, we farmers develop a symbiosis with the land — we feed it, it feeds us.-Douglas & Ana Lucia Stewart, Winegrowers
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