Domaine Anderson Estate Chardonnay
Anderson Valley, California, United States
The Wine Advocate
September 24, 2020, Erin Brooks
“The 2017 Chardonnay opens with aromas of flint and toast over fresh apple fruit with notes of baker's yeast and popcorn. The palate is medium-bodied and rounded with restrained, fresh fruit character and a delicate, toasty finish.”
International Wine Review
“The Estate Chardonnay displays a yellow straw color and aromas of stone fruit and toasted oak. It is richly flavored with hints of citrus and quince, It is nicely balanced, smooth and pleasant drinking.”
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.
Grapes for the 2017 Domaine Anderson Estate Chardonnay are handpicked at night from selected four estate blocks in the Anderson Valley, embodying the diverse mesoclimates spanning our warmer site to the south-west and our cooler sites, towards the Pacific. We employ partial crushing on selective lots to soak juice with skins to enhance texture and aromatic precursors before pressing. Primary fermentation is done in small French 60-gallon “barriques” and following is the malolactic fermentation which generally lasts through the spring to conserve vibrancy and freshness. Wine is aged for 10 months in barrel with very limited new oak.
Perfumed and fresh aromas of thyme, stone fruit and citrus. The palate is precise and focused with flavors of pear, honeysuckle and beeswax complimented with light oak toast and salinity. A very pleasant and inviting wine.
Pairs beautifully with grilled cod, whole lobster with butter, roasted lemon chicken, pasta with béchamel sauce, asparagus risotto, and various goat cheeses.
Varietals: 100% Chardonnay
Wine Alcohol: 13.3%
Titratable Acidity: 5.5 g/L
Harvest Start Date: August 30, 2017
Harvest End Date: September 21, 2017
Bottling Date: July 26, 2018
Fermentation: 100% barrel ferment
New Oak: 10% new oak barrels
Aging: 10 months in barrel
Aging Potential: 3-4 years
Cases Produced: 980