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“Great wine with a view!”
Review of Goldeneye Winery

Goldeneye Winery
Ranked #4 of 21 things to do in Philo
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Owner description: With an enticing view of vineyards and Redwood trees, Goldeneye Winery is a beautiful location to sample and savor some of Anderson Valley's most represented Pinot Noir wines. Our Visitor's Center features picnic facilities and an open-space area offering seated wine tasting experiences daily, both indoors and outdoors (weather permitting).
Reviewed 31 October 2013

They do it right as they immediately start your tasting on their patio rather than inside. You get a great view of the hills past their vast vineyard. We didn't try any but they also have small plates so that you can take your time and have a snack while you taste which is a great idea at their property as this isn't one to just get through on your way to 6 tastings in a day. They also do very nice Pinot's and make a good effort to explain their wines and answer any questions. Overall, my wife and I would definitely go back!

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Reviewed 22 September 2013

I love this place! The back patio is stunning, especially in the fall. The wines are yummy. I think of the French countryside while stopping here for a respite. Brian is very knowledgeable, helpful, and friendly (as well as everyone else). I've never felt this winery to be pretentious. I like that you can sit at your own table for a tasting and experience everything at your own pace, rather than elbow for room at a small bar. The tasting fee is perfectly reasonable for the amount of wine you taste. I always end up buying enough wine to cancel out the fee.

Thank Ashley M
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Reviewed 11 September 2013

This was our third or fourth time to stop at Goldeneye, though we live half a continent away. We did four days of wine-tasting in the Sonoma and Anderson Valleys, and as usual, this was one of the standouts. The atmosphere is elegant, inside, but the tasting is done on the patio. You are seated at a very nice patio table, with an umbrella, and the wine is brought to you, in Riedel crystal. Our host, Doug, clearly identified each tray of "tastes", and was conversant on the unique qualities of each. He left us alone to sip and compare, then returned with the next flight as we completed the earlier tray. We have never been hurried on any of our visits. You have plenty of time to enjoy the wine and drink in the magnificent view of the Anderson Valley. The cost of tasting is on the high end, but we have always come away feeling that we had received excellent value for our money. An added plus is that there are excellent, always spotless restrooms, which are sometimes hard to find at tasting rooms. We have always left with some wine - and a lot of great memories.

Thank XScotts
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Reviewed 29 August 2013

Goldeneye was the fourth and final winery we visited during an afternoon trip to the Anderson Valley. We arrived at Goldeneye around 3:30, paid for our tastings and were given our first sample. The lady who made the first pour instructed us to head out to the patio where someone would take over service. Shortly thereafter, another staff member, Doug, arrived at our table with several wine samples and information cards on each wine. Doug gave us additional information on the wines and winery and told us he would stop by periodically to check on us. The tasting consisted of pinot noirs from the Migration label, Goldeneye's estate pinot, and several of the winery's single vineyard pinots.

Once we worked our way through the tasting, Doug returned, asking us if there were any wines we would like to re-taste. After that, he offered us samples of a couple of additional wines not included in the standard tasting. All of the wines were very good to excellent, but they are pricey. Most of the wines we tasted were priced between $55 and $85 per bottle. With that said, I did find the tasting at $20 to be well worth the cost. (See below for a cost cutting tip.) It's not often one can sample so many wines at this price point at such a low cost.

We were still at the winery at its 4:30 closing time, but not once were we hurried or asked to wrap things up. We were given to time to finish our conversation with another couple we had just met and take a short walk around the very scenic property before leaving. All in all, it was an excellent tasting experience. The wines, scenery and service were all top notch.

Tip: Several hotels and inns in the area offer two for one tasting coupons for Goldeneye, thus making the $20 tasting fee far more affordable. Be sure to inquire about the coupons wherever you are staying.

Thank SheddVA
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Reviewed 22 July 2013

A few wineries have discovered that if you charge a high price and present it with attitude, some people will assume you must be great and go along with it. You can tell the Goldeneye ownership originates from Napa, where pretentious has become all too common. Their Pinot Noir is good, but not great. Some of the wineries down the road have better for 25-30% the price. $20 for the full tasting - seriously? And it's not applied against any wine you buy, as we discovered when we bought two bottles of their Chardonnay. I'm not sure I've ever seen that. The "mid" priced Pinots ($50) weren't all that good and the better ones were $80. The quality does not even remotely justify that kind of price. I frequently buy wine in the over $75 range, but buying Pinot Noir here never entered my mind.

Thank falcon3000
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Jennifer K, Guest Relations Manager at Goldeneye Winery, responded to this reviewResponded 24 July 2013

Falcon3000- thank you for the feedback on your recent visit to Goldeneye. We do offer a uniquely different experience from many other area wineries, and I am sorry that was not the most memorable part of your visit.
As we focus on many small production wines, we often have 2 tiers of tasting options, so that you may choose the best tasting for you. We are committed to offering a leisurely, elegant experience complete with table-service and Riedel glassware, to better showcase the nuances of our wines. I hope you enjoy the Russian River Chardonnay you purchased and that you will stop in again to try the 2012's next spring, with our compliments. Please drop me a line if you're headed our way.

Jennifer Kolivosky
Hospitality Manager
jkolivosky@goldeneyewinery.com

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