Domaine Anderson is nestled in the breathtaking, fog-cooled hillside and mountain terrain of Northern California’s Anderson Valley. Purchased by Champagne Louis Roederer in 2011, the Dach family vineyard prides itself on its limited production and classical wine making style. The cooling marine climate 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. The Chardonnay is made from grapes sourced exclusively from wholly-owned Anderson Valley vineyards, giving the team complete control over farming practices and stewardship of the land.
The 50 acres of Domaine Anderson vineyard wines span the Anderson Valley, from the warmer, up-Valley town of Boonville to the cooler regions closer to the Mendocino coast. They reside on the valley floor, on gently sloped knolls, and on steep hillsides, and offer soils ranging from rocky, river gravels to the finest clay loams. The Chardonnay is produced from grapes sourced exclusively from Estate owned vineyards, allowing complete control over stewardship of the land.
The 2014 Domaine Anderson estate chardonnay is sourced from a diverse selection of blocks within the estate that extends the length of the Anderson Valley. Using spontaneous yeasts, the wine was largely fermented in barrel with about 5% being aged in stainless steel. About 15% of those barrels were new and all coopered from French oak. The Anderson Valley’s unique climate yields wines of notable acidity and benefit from a complete malolactic fermentation. To strike the fine balance between fruit freshness and complexity, the wines are aged in barrel for nine months prior to bottling.
In chardonnay, “richness” can easily go from being perceived as generous to garish. More mouth-filling than mouth-coating, the 2014 Estate Chardonnay finds a center of gravity that allows it to be rich and generous without being heavy or lethargic.
Aromas of white flower and yellow apple are framed by a hint of oyster shell minerality. Bright flavors of slightly under ripe peach and yellow apple fill the mouth while a persistent Meyer lemon note lingers.
Delicious with fish dishes such as Turbot or Dover Sole with parsley beurre blanc and a medley of green vegetables.
Serve at 12°C
San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, 2018: SILVER
Wine Enthusiast: 89 POINTS
Anderson Valley, California