VOLUME 9, ISSUE 24
May 5, 2013
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Cork Dork Etude: Inspired Wines of the Carneros the Gardener: Got Organic Grapes? Bravium: Relish the Acidity Rivers-Marie: 2010 & 2011 Reflect the Challenges of Farming on the Edge Dunstan Wines from Durell Vineyard Foursight Wines: Family Excels with Pinot COBB Wines: No Wine Before Its Time Sips of Pinot: Wines Tasted Recently Rosé and Chardonnay: Recently Sampled Wines Pinot Briefs
Champ de Rêves
An artisan Anderson Valley winegrower producing exclusively Pinot Noir from Boon Ridge Vineyard. Situated at 1,300-2,000 feet above Boonville, the vineyard is a patchwork of small blocks planted to seven different Pinot Noir clones. Decomposed sandstone provides superb drainage while naturally restricting vine vigor and yields. The key blocks are planted to Dijon clones 667 and 777 and Pommard 5 clone.
The Boon Ridge Vineyard was formerly part of the Edmeades Winery and had not been developed for years. It was planted to Pinot Noir in 2006.
Winemaker Eric Johannsen has over a decade of experience in Pinot Noir winemaking in California including stints at Cuvaison, Williams Selyem and La Crema. He crafts the wine in Windsor, CA.
The wine is sold through a mailing list with limited retail distribution. The 2010 vintage yielded 3,200 cases but will double in 2011. A joint tasting room with Edmeades is located in Philo, housed in the original Edmeades winery site which has been closed to the public since 2002.
Articles About Champ de Rêves
2010 Champ de Rêves Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
14.5% alc., $35. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Very seductive aromas of fully ripened cherries with hints of spice, leather and dark chocolate. Delicious core of black raspberry and black cherry fruit framed by toasty oak and a bright cut of acidity. The finish is crazy long: my notes say amazing! Beautifully composed and balanced. Reminds me of a Russian River Valley Pinot Noir in character but with better acidity typical of Anderson Valley. Impressive debut. Reviewed June 24, 2012 ARTICLE »
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