Vineyard: Lichen Estate

OwnersAnna-Lucia Benitez Stewart, Douglas Ian Stewart
AppellationAnderson Valley
Story30,000 vines in just over 7 acres farmed organically.
Dates Planted2008
Acres7
Aspect15% to 35% southeast facing slopes.
SoilsWolfey-Bearwallow complex, sandstone derived, well-drained. 10-40 inches of loamy topsoil.
VarietiesPinot Gris, Pinot Noir
Clones667, Martini 13, Pommard, Wädenswil
Rootstock101-14, 161-49, 420A
Trellis SpacingMeter by meter

Wineries sourcing from this vineyard

Reviewed wines produced from this vineyard

NV NV Lichen Estate Solera Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.65% alc., 134 cases, $48. Harvest Brix 22.4º-24.6º. This wine features the “solera” approach common in Sherry to this multi-vintage blend. Combination of first Estate harvest of two barrels in 2011, six barrels of 2012 Estate, and four barrels of 2013 Estate. 5 to 6-day cold soak, 2 to 5-day extended maceration, aged in French oak. · Light rhubarb color in the glass. Scent of oak-kissed cherries and spice echoed on the palate. Light and delicate, but with good flavor intensity, bright acidity, and a finish featuring plenty of cherry and spice goodness. Score: 89. Reviewed July 28, 2014 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2015 Lichen Estate Moonglow Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.1% alc., pH 3.51, TA 0.56, 324 cases, $35. Released October 2016. 100% Lichen Estate fruit, all four clones, harvest Brix 22.0º-24.0º. 3 to 4-day cold soak, fermented 14-17 days in closed-top stainless fermenters followed by a 2 to 3-day extended maceration. Aged 11 months in French oak barrels, extra tight grain, medium toast, about 20% new. · Moderately light cherry red color in the glass. Readily accessible aromas of red cherry, raspberry coulis, red licorice, rose petal and rose stem. Relatively light in weight in a very pleasant, easy-drinking style, featuring red cherry and berry flavors, sleek tannins, and a juicy finish highlighted with raspberry fruit. Score: 89. Reviewed February 25, 2017 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2014 Lichen Estate Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., pH 3.48, TA 0.56, 182 cases, $65. Released October 2016. Harvest Brix 22.4º-24.6º. 5 to 6-day cold soak, 14 to 17-day fermentation and 2 to 3- day extended maceration. Aged 17 months on the lees with stirring the first 9 months in French oak barrels, extra tight grain wood, medium plus toast Francoise Frères. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Perfumed and sensuous, with deep aromas of cherry, spice, brier and earthy flora. Lush and satisfying on the mid weight palate, with robust cherry flavor accented with a subtle thread of cola and spicy oak. Beautifully balanced, with silky tannins and a bright, juicy finish. Very classy juice. Score: 93. Reviewed February 25, 2017 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2012 Lichen Estate Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.7% alc., 164 cases, $65. From 7 acres of estate vines planted in 2008 and farmed organically. Four clones (Martini, Wädenswil, Pommard and 667) on three rootstocks. First substantial crop. Harvest Brix 22.4º-24.6º. 5 to 6-day cold soak, 2 to 3-day extended maceration. Aged 17 months with batonage during the first 9 months. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Demure aromas of red cherry, mocha and sandalwood lead to a very light and elegant, even dilute, palate featuring cherry, raspberry and complimentary oak flavors. This wine has soft tannins and is rather ephemeral, but lacks excitement. Score: 88. Reviewed July 28, 2014 WINERY » ARTICLE »