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 comprises 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 on two rootstocks.
Open top fermentations, 3 to 5 day cold soaks, native yeast, 10 days active fermentation, pressed to barrel after 15-18 days. Average 25% new French and Hungarian oak. Overharvested in 2020, blended and bottled in December 2020.
Our 2019 Moonglow Pinot Noir brings a refinement, focus, and beauty to the Moonglow lineup that shows off the maturity of Lichen's estate vineyard. Even in its youth, pitch perfect red cherry notes let you know we grow it at the heart of Anderson Valley. This wine displays an uplift, dancing on the midpalate as it delivers a long savory finish. Drinking well now but will continue to drink well for 7-10 years.