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2017 Moonglow Pinot Noir

Harvest Dates

September 7-26th, 2017


Alcohol: 14.5%

pH: 3.48

Total Acidity: 5.8 g/L

Residual Sugar: 0

Bottles Crafted



October 2018

Estate Vineyard

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.

Tasting Notes

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.