2014 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
Elegant, pure Pinot Noir from one of California's smallest and coldest winegrowing regions. Food & Wine 2016 Selection "5 Go To Wines For Summer."
Pale garnet in the glass and very pure on the nose, with just a kiss of oak imparted from aging in 2nd and 3rd fill oak barrels. It starts with bing cherry, a kiss of florals and hint of black peppercorns on the nose, but becomes significantly richer with a little air adding a nice raspberry compote component to the cherry. Plush on the palate, with beautifully rendered cherry and raspberry fruit that resounds in a scrumptious finish. Is this Burgundy in California? No, its classic cool-climate California Pinot Noir, fruit-driven but pure and nuanced with lush tannins that make it very approachable.
Style: Medium, Smooth
Flavors: Cherry, Raspberry
A good ways north of Santa Rosa, off of Highway 101, and accessed through a winding and rather intimidating mountain pass, Anderson Valley is a peculiar area that seems to have resisted just about any of the changes that you will have seen in Napa and Sonoma. The winery source for today’s release is located in the “deep end” of Anderson Valley, where the cooler climate produces Pinots that are more elegant and pure than oaky and powerful. Still richly fruited but with an elegant sense of balance, what we have to offer today is a right up the middle stylistically, imminently quaffable wine at an exceptionally reasonable tariff. Compare at $30/bottle.