Domaine Anderson Dach Chardonnay
Anderson Valley, California, United States
April 1, 2017, Jim Gordon
This reserved and classically styled wine has subtle fig and marzipan aromas, is dry on the palate, with a bundle of tight fruit and spice flavors wound up in fresh acidity that emerge slowly with each sip and on the finish. It is a serious wine and a good candidate to age until 2018 or longer.
Domaine Anderson is nestled in the breathtaking, fog-cooled hillside and mountain terrain of Northern California’s Anderson Valley. The cooling marine layer that is characteristic of this region provides ideal conditions for the cultivation of chardonnay and pinot noir grapes. The wines are crafted with precision and care to express the uniqueness of the Anderson Valley terroir.
The Dach vineyard, just half a mile east of the town of Philo, lies on the valley floor at an altitude of 300 feet. Fog and cool nights act as the natural factors to extend the growing season, while the sandy clay Perrygulch soils are carefully drained to promote a balanced maturation.
The Dach vineyard, surrounding the winery and tasting room, is farmed using organic and biodynamic methods, and planted to a mix of heritage pinot noir clones. Though among Domaine Anderson's youngest vineyards, these farming practices illuminate an individuality that insists on vineyard designation. Barrels from the best lots are selected with the intention of showcasing the wines complexity, while restraining its inherent power.
The 2013 Dach Vineyard Chardonnay impresses with a golden yellow color. The wine opens with a hint of caramelized peach punctuated with mint and lemon blossom. The Dach Vineyard’s impressive volume and roundness provide a gentle entry on the palate, while its precision and finesse make the wine airy, elegant, and agile. Delicate and complex flavors of pear, peach compote, and anise fill the midpalate, while the wine finishes with alternating layers of the same notes.
Varietals: 100% Chardonnay
Wine Alcohol: 13.3%
Titratable Acidity: 5.5
Suggested Retail Price: $55.00