Domaine Anderson Walraven Chardonnay
Anderson Valley, California, United States
December 31, 2018, Jim Gordon
“A deep gold color and effusive aromas of dough, toast and butter start this wine off with a bang. The flavors are rich, vivid and nicely oaky, giving up butterscotch, toast and lemon curd along with softer vanilla and pear tones. It is generous and rich in texture.”
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. Domaine Anderson’s 13.7 acres of chardonnay vineyards span from the warmer, up-valley Boonville area to the cooler regions closer to the Mendocino coast. They reside on the valley floor, gently sloped knolls, steep hillsides, and offer soils ranging from rocky, river gravels to the finest clay loams. Domaine Anderson's chardonnay is made from grapes sourced exclusively from its own Anderson Valley vineyards, giving the winery complete control over farming practices and stewardship of the land.
The grapes for the 2015 Domaine Anderson Walraven Chardonnay are handpicked from a 6-acre block within the winery's own chalky Walraven vineyard in the Anderson Valley (one of its warmer sites). After picking the grapes, the team selectively employs partial crushing to macerate the fresh juice on its skins in order to extract structural and aromatic precursors before pressing. After primary fermentation in 60-gallon French oak barrel, the wines begin a slow, cool malolactic fermentation that generally lasts through the spring in order to conserve natural CO2 and freshness. Wine is aged for 10 months in barrel with very limited new oak (8%). In early summer, specific barrels are selected for the estate blend, yielding wines of restraint and character.
Bright and clean pale-yellow in color. Rich and fresh aromas of white peach and citrus. Soft entry and balanced crisp acidity frame flavors of ripe green apple, kaffir lime and lemon.
Varietals: 100% Chardonnay
Wine Alcohol: 13.3%
Titratable Acidity: 7.4 g/L
Harvest Start Date: September 1, 2015
Bottling Date: July 22, 2016
New Oak: 8%
Aging: 10 months in barrel
Cases Produced: 240 cases