Carpe Diem Chardonnay 2016

Producer Information

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. All the wines wines are crafted with precision and care to express the uniqueness of the Anderson Valley terroir. This Chardonnay is made from 90% grapes sourced exclusively from wholly-owned Anderson Valley vineyards, giving the team complete control over farming practices and stewardship of the land.

Vinified under the meticulous supervision of Domaine Anderson’s Winemaker Jerry Murray, Carpe Diem’s philosophy is to create the best of two worlds, by combining the richness of Californian fruit with the elegance of French winemaking techniques.



Carpe Diem Chardonnay is produced in Northern California‘s Anderson Valley. Over the years, this region has gained the reputation of an ideal terroir to grow Chardonnay for still wines. Grapes for the Carpe Diem Chardonnay are selected exclusively from the best vineyards in Northern California‘s cool Anderson Valley. This fog-shrouded region not far from Mendocino Coast and the Pacific Ocean provides ideal growing conditions for these delicate grapes.


Vinified under the meticulous supervision of Domaine Anderson‘s Winemaker Darrin Low, Carpe Diem‘s philosophy is to offer the best of two worlds: the richness of California fruit and the elegance of a French wine.

Picked at night to conserve cool temperatures, grapes are pressed with a combination of whole cluster-whole berry and crushed berries for pre-fermentation maceration on skins. Both Dijon and heritage clones are represented from five vineyard sites in the Anderson Valley. Naturally occurring native yeast fermented 33% in closed top stainless steel tanks and 67% in French oak barrels. 100% malolactic fermentation completed the following spring. Wines were barrel aged for a relatively brief 10 months to conserve freshness and balance oak impact. 1,930 cases were bottled the following summer after a light filtration.

Tasting Note

Fresh, savory aromas of baked apple and spice with bright citrus and melon. Clean flavors of green apple, ginger and lime. Creamy texture with salty-savory acidity; possesses great balance and weight on the palate.

Food Pairing

This Chardonnay will pair beautifully with grilled cod, roasted herb chicken, pasta alfredo, and blue cheese or Bleu d'Auvergne.

Serving Suggestion

Serve at 12°C


Wine Enthusiast


May 1, 2019, Jim Gordon

“Vivid oaky, earthy aromas lead to ripe firm flavors of apple and citrus in this assertive and well-structured wine. The char and wood-smoke nuances carry over to the palate, along with a nice nip of tannin and firm acidity that help to offset the richness.”

Anderson Valley, California
100% Chardonnay
Natural Cork

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