Domaine Anderson

Owner(s) Champagne Louis Roederer
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Domaine Anderson

This new winery debuted in 2014 at the Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival. Located in Philo adjacent Balo Vineyards and across the street from Goldeneye, Domaine Anderson was founded by the Rouzaud family of Louis Roederer and their American team. The winery is dedicated to still Pinot Noir and Chardonnay production.

The winery is surrounded by the 17-acre Dach Vineyard planted to Pinot Noir. Production is complimented by grapes from 35 acres of vineyards located throughout Anderson Valley. The head winemaker is Jerry Murray and the consulting winemaker is Jeremy Seysses of Domaine Dujac. Murray has extensive experience with Pinot Noir, having made wine for eight wineries spanning three continents.

The inaugural releases in 2012 include two Estate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines that are blends from several vineyards and two single vineyard Pinot Noir (Dach Vineyard) and Chardonnay (Walraven Vineyard) wines that are sourced from specific blocks. Eventual production will be about 1,800 cases of Chardonnay and 3,000 cases of Pinot Noir.

The winery will not be open to the public.

Reviewed Wines

2018 Domaine Anderson Estate Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.2% alc., $45. Sourced from three vineyard sites including Dach (64%), Walraven (29%) and Pinoli (7%). Aged 15 months in French oak barrels, 30% new. · Moderately dark garnet color in the glass. There is a subtle green tone in this wine that reflects under-ripeness. Aromas of strawberry, cherry, spice and red rose petal. Red-fruit driven on the palate in a mid-weight style with gracious tannins and a red-cherry themed finish. Rather pedestrian and lacking in mid-palate fortitude. Less enjoyable with more oak in the forefront when tasted the following day from a previously opened bottle. Score: 89. Reviewed November 14, 2021 ARTICLE »

2013 Domaine Anderson Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

$39. Sourced from 50 acres of estate vineyards including the newly certified organic and biodynamic Dach Vineyard. Fermented in open-top bins, basket pressed. Aged 16 months in French oak barrels, 30% new. · rate garnet color in the glass. Lovely perfume of black cherry, black raspberry and warm spices. Admirable balance in a mid weight, harmonious style, with a core of black cherry and blueberry fruit flavors infused with svelte tannins. Score: 90. Reviewed July 8, 2017 ARTICLE »

2013 Domaine Anderson Dach Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., pH 3.56, TA 0.59, $65. Estate bottled. Biodynamically farmed vineyard located a half mile east of the town of Philo at an altitude of 300 feet. Vineyard is planted to a mix of heritage clones. A barrel selection of best lots. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. The nose is oak driven, offering aromas of espresso, anise and toast as well as pine sap and underbrush. A savory offering in a light to mid weight style, with fruit flavors of black cherry and black raspberry augmented by a pungent pine needle note. Unusual flavor profile and challenging to describe, but reminds of a Pinot Noir grown in a tree forest. I like this wine for its non-fruit qualities. Still a bit tight with unyielding tannins and will benefit from more bottle age. Score: 91. Reviewed August 17, 2016 ARTICLE »

2013 Domaine Anderson Pinoli Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.8% alc., pH 3.66, TA 0.55, $65. Estate bottled. First offering from this organically farmed vineyard located northwest of Philo in the “deep end” of the Anderson Valley. Clones 667 and 777. A barrel selection from several fermentation lots. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. A very elegant offering that presents all the best features of Pinot Noir. Earth-dusted black cherry, herb bunch and toasty oak lead off. Suave and charming in the mouth, with a ravishing core of black cherry fruit seasoned with a delicate touch of oak and savory dried herbs. Nicely balanced, finishing with composure and freshness. Score: 93. Reviewed August 17, 2016 ARTICLE »

2012 Domaine Anderson Dach Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.7% alc., $N/A. Inaugural vintage. This 17-acre vineyard is a mile east of the town of Philo at an altitude of 300 feet and surrounds the winery devoted to still Pinot Noir. Aged in about 25% to 33% new French oak for 16 months. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. An immature nose featuring a heavy oak presence. Still very young, with mid weight flavors of juicy black cherries, accents of herbs and spice, and generous, firm tannins. Somewhat silky on the palate with a significant oak overlay. Needs to be decanted or time to integrate the oak and tannins. Score: 91. Reviewed July 28, 2014 ARTICLE »

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