Domaine Anderson Pinoli Pinot Noir
Anderson Valley, California, United States
December 31, 2018, Jim Gordon
“Deep ripe fruit flavors give this full-bodied wine a big personality, while moderate tannins and brisk acidity add a nice textural touch. It has plenty of ripe black-fruit aromas and flavors, and light spicy accents like cinnamon and black tea.”
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 pinot noir and chardonnay grapes. The wines are crafted with precision and care to express the uniqueness of our Anderson Valley terroir.
The grapes are destemmed and fermented in small open tops. A mix of Dijon clones 667 & 777 are fermented separately and punched down 1-2 times per day for 14 days before pressing in our vertical basket press and transferred to small oak barrels for cellar aging. The wine stays in original barrels for 15 months over winter and next vintage without racking to develop smooth texture, complexity and gentle flavor profile.
Dense, deep and harmonious with aromas of plums, thyme, orange zest and cedar, the 2014 Pinoli Pinot Noir showcases one of the estate’s cooler sites from the deep end of Anderson Valley. Full-bodied and layered with red fruit, licorice, spicy notes and cocoa, the wine is balanced with a fresh grip of bright acid and smooth and savory tannin.
Grapes are hand-harvested at night in small lots at ideal ripeness and transported immediately from the vineyard to the winery.
Varietals: 100% Pinot Noir
Wine Alcohol: 14.8%
Titratable Acidity: 5.9 g/L
Harvest Start Date: September 4, 2014
Harvest End Date: September 5, 2015
Bottling Date: February 16, 2016
New Oak: 8% new oak
Aging: 15 months in barrel
Cases Produced: 290 cases