Domaine Anderson Dach Pinot Noir
Anderson Valley, California, United States
December 31, 2018, Jim Gordon
“Smooth and supple, but with a strong heart of dark and ripe fruit flavors, this is a big wine in terms of flavor that still comes off elegant and well balanced despite its power. It's also full bodied, not overtly oaky, and seems to get better with each sip.”
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 2014 Dach Vineyard Pinot Noir — the third vintage — was harvested from certified organic, 100% destemmed grapes (mainly heritage clones of La Tâche, Calera), picked at night to conserve the cool temperatures before fermentation. A limited amount of whole cluster fermentation was used to add freshness and complexity in stainless steel open top fermentors. For primary fermentation, 1 to 2 punchdowns per day was employed during 12-day maceration before pressing. Malolactic fermentation took place in 60-gallon French oak barrel (50% new) and remained on original lees for 15 months aging before blending and bottling through loose filtration.
Attractive floral aromas of rose petal and lavender contrast with bright, powerful flavors of cherry and black plum. There are hints of leather, baking spice and black tea on aroma and palate creating a layered and broad wine; pleasing and delicious. Potent tannins and crisp acid characterize the Dach vineyard, seamlessly balancing texture and flavor.
Varietals: 100% Pinot Noir
Wine Alcohol: 14.6%
Titratable Acidity: 5.7 g/L
Harvest Start Date: August 26, 2014
Bottling Date: February 16, 2016
New Oak: 50% new oak
Aging: 15 months in barrel
Cases Produced: 324 - 9 Litre cases