Domaine Anderson Estate Pinot Noir 2013 Red Wine

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Domaine Anderson Estate Pinot Noir 2013

Anderson Valley, CA

Silver Medal, SF Wine Chronicle Wine Competition

Silver Medal, Sunset Magazine Wine Competition

You are probably familiar with the famous sparkling wines from Roederer Estate in the Anderson Valley. That is the parent company of Domaine Anderson, and its tasting room is just up the hill. When we visited the Anderson Valley we were told by many people in the local wine scene to be sure to check out Domaine Anderson's wines. We did, and were very impressed! Their Pinot Noir is just delightful, definitely crafted in the Burgundian style with a light-medium body, nuances of red fruits and spices, and a very very long finish. It drinks like an expensive wine, but it's not!

It's very difficult to make a Pinot Noir with this kind of elegant flavor and keep the alcohol at a low 14.1%. Superior winemaking with superior grapes! We've tasted many Burgundies for many times the price that are inferior to the Domaine Anderson.

In Northern California, where redwood forests meet the Mendocino coast, lies Anderson Valley, a region renowned for its ideal pairing of warm days and fog-cooled nights. It was these characteristics that led Jean-Claude Rouzaud, patriarch of the Louis Roederer family, to this remote area in 1981 to begin cultivation of premium pinot noir and chardonnay grapes.

Today, Jean-Claude’s son, Frederic, continues the pursuit of quality at Domaine Anderson. 50 acres of family-owned vineyards weave throughout the Anderson Valley’s dramatically diverse terroir, dedicated exclusively to Domaine Anderson pinot noir and chardonnay. The family’s commitment to land stewardship and sustainable practices extends to each vineyard.

Winemaking Info:

We treat our grapes with extra care, and are guided by our philosophy of minimum intervention throughout the winemaking process. We hand-sort and gently extract the juices from our grapes. Open top fermentation tanks are used to achieve precise extraction of flavors and color while slow malolactic fermentation defines structure and enhances the clarity of site-specific aromatics for our Pinot Noir. The wine is then pressed with a hydraulic basket press. 30% new oak is used for the 2013 vintage. In order to respect the fruit flavors and not dominate them, our winemaking team carefully tracks development and maturity, blending separate lots for an optimal flavor profile. This attentive barrel aging process – known as élevage – results in wines that are rich and naturally complex. Finally, our Pinot Noir is aged for 16 months to fully develop aromas and refine structure.

Tasting Notes:

A chameleon in the glass, the 2013 Domaine Anderson Pinot Noir oscillates among aromas of black cherries, turned earth and cloves with hints of wood smoke. The black cherry is echoed on the palate. The firm tannic core is enveloped in a satiny robe of black and red cherries, and red plum skin flavors. Earthy bark spice and exotic oak flavors intermingle with fresh fruits. Generous without heaviness, the wine is sophisticated and confident.


Grapes are hand-harvested in small lots at ideal ripeness and transported immediately from the vineyard to the winery.

Varietals 100% Pinot Noir

Wine Alcohol 14.2%

Wine Acidity 5.8 g/L

pH 3.56

Harvest Start Date September 2, 2013

Harvest End Date September 24, 2013

Bottling Date February 16, 2015

Aging 16 months

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