Lichen Estate: Seven acres of estate vines overlook Highway 128 from the 203-acre Lichen Estate in Anderson Valley. Prepared in 2007 and planted in 2008 on meter-by-meter spacing, the vineyard comprises 75% Pinot Noir and 25% Pinot Gris vines on 15% to 35% southeast-facing slopes. Farmed 100% organically. Four clones of Pinot Noir (Martini, Wadenswil, Pommard, & 667) on three rootstocks (420A, 101-14, and 161-49) went into the Moonglow blend. Lichen Estate fruit is 100% of the total blend in 2016.
Fermentation: 12-16 days in 1.25 to 3 ton stainless closed-top fermenters and 1.4 ton open-top S-Bins; 1-4 day cold soaks; gentle pump-overs followed by hand punch-downs; and 2 to 3 day extended maceration. All lots took off and fermented dry with native yeast. Cooperage: Majority Françoise Frere fire bent, 3-year and 4-year dried, extra tight grain wood, medium plus toast; Atelier Centre France water bent, 3-year dried, extra tight grain wood, medium plus toast; Kadar Hungarian tight grain, 3-year dried medium plus toast; roughly 10% new wood with remainder being 10 to 40 months used. Eleven months in barrel.
Lichen’s 2017 Moonglow Pinot Noir, true to prior Moonglow form, is a plush, generous, fruit-driven wine. Beautifully integrated, fills your mouth with cherries and great acidity. Makes your teeth and tongue pucker in a good way on the finish. Velvety tannins provide framework and structure. We blend Moonglow Pinot for easy drinking in its youth but it will stand the test of time.
2017 Moonglow Pinot Noir Tech Sheet