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2014 Moonglow Pinot Noir

Harvest Dates

September 1 & 4, 2014


Brix at Harvest: 23.2° to 24.6°

Alcohol: 13.74%

pH: 3.51

Total Acidity: 5.7 g/L

Residual Sugar: None

Bottles Crafted

8,784 x 750 ml bottles (732 cases)


October 1, 2015

Estate Vineyard

Seven acres of estate vines perch on the front of the 203- acre Lichen Estate in the Anderson Valley Appellation. Prepared in 2007 and planted in 2008 on meter-by-meter spacing, the vineyard comprised 75% Pinot Noir and 25% Pinot Gris vines on 15% to 35% southeast-facing slopes. Farmed 100% organically. Six blocks and four clones of Pinot Noir (Martini, Wadenswil, Pommard & 667) on three rootstocks (101-14, 420A, and 161-49). Two blocks of Pinot Gris (148 &152) on two rootstocks (161-49 and SO4). 


Fermentation: 14-17 days in 450 gallon stainless tanks for most Lichen lots and one 1200 gallon tank for most of the Ferrington; 3-4 day cold soaks; gentle pump-overs followed by hand punch-downs; and 2 to 3 day extended maceration. Cooperage: Half Françoise Frere fire bent, 3-year dried, extra tight grain wood, medium plus toast. Half Atelier Centre France water bent, 3-year dried, extra tight grain wood, medium plus toast. Eleven months in barrel, with regular batonage (rolled the barrels to stir lees) during the first 9 months.

Tasting Notes

While Lichen’s 2015 Moonglow Pinot Noir, will certainly stand the test of time, we intentionally craft it to be quaffable in its youth. Made with 100% Lichen Estate fruit this vintage, the 2015 Moonglow fills the palate with a light cherry flush, lingers on the mid-palate, delicate and poised, finishing with anise and spice, and everything nice. The texture is sleek and refined, with caramel and vanilla bean accents to the core of ripe tart cherry and plum flavors. Velvety tannins provide framework and structure, and dark chocolate notes add complexity to the finish.