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.
Nine vintages in the making (2011-2019), this wine has grown every year in complexity and popularity. The Volume 8 ups the game with the blend spending more time in oak and receiving a new oak regimen similar to the Estate Pinot Noir. Exotic Indian spices meet sherried plums in the nose, with baked cherries, figs, and raspberries dancing across the tongue all wrapped in silky tannins.