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.
Our 2019 Estate Pinot Noir shows off the vineyard with best of vintage barrel selection, 22 months on oak with 50% new French and Hungarian from Francois Frere, Cadus, and Kadar. Aromas of brown sugar, black cherry, cola, and nutmeg jump from the glass. On the palate, maraschino cherries layer atop an earthy wet leaf note, with plush, lengthy tannins on the finish.