Champ de Reves

2011 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir •Boone Ridge

Anderson Valley (Mendocino County)

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Mission Briefing

Codename:

Mendocino's Finest

Today’s Champ de Reves Vineyards 2011 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir is an incredibly delicious, super aromatic Pinot from the Anderson Valley. We had a number of Pinots at recent tasting panels, but this is the one that had us reaching for more.

Elegant and Burgundian in nature, this wine is driven by notes of terroir and structure rather than bright fruit. This winemaking style results in a very well-balanced, luxurious wine that we feel could be a match for many higher priced bottles.

Both Robert Parker and Stephen Tanzer awarded today’s wine 91 Points, and it’s easy to see why. If you’re looking for a stunning Pinot (and not wanting to bust your wallet in the process!), this is the wine for you.

Tasting Profile

Look:

Dark red with flecks of magenta in the heart of the glass, slowly lightening towards the edge of the glass.

Smell:

Very aromatic and reminiscent of perfume on the nose, with fresh raspberry and blueberry laid overtop cola, sandalwood, lavender, white flower petals, eucalyptus, and a touch of clove.

Taste:

Incredibly well balanced between fruit and earth, with just-ripened raspberry and tart cherry in perfect unison with cherry cola, European licorice, spiced cherry wood, fennel, river rock minerality, and a hint of rose petal.

Finish:

Best decanted, the wine takes a moment to open up. You’ll then be greeted by a smooth and supple finish, with bright, refreshing acidity and lovely, velvety tannins. At the very end, a touch of pomegranate herbal tea lingers on the tongue.

Pairing:

Salmon with a red wine and butter reduction, finished with fresh garlic and shallots.

What the Winery Says

Bright, fresh blueberry, cranberry and rose petal aromas underscored by subtle nuances of anise, toffee, white truffle and wet sand. Flavors of juicy huckleberry, hibiscus and tobacco emerge on the palate. Lively acidity, granite-like minerality and solid tannic backbone – all a testament to high-altitude wine growing.

91 Point Review - Robert Parker A deeply scented, perfumed wine, the 2011 Pinot Noir impresses for its nuanced personality and sheer detail. Dark cherry notes lead to plums, cloves, menthol and crushed rocks. The 2011 is all about delineation, nuance and freshness, all qualities that are very much present in the glass…

91 Point Review - Stephen Tanzer Bright ruby-red. A smoky, highly perfumed bouquet evokes black raspberry, cherry-cola, dried rose and anise, with a spicy top note. Weighty dark berry flavors become livelier with air and pick up an element of minerality. Finishes tangy and quite long, with lingering smoke and vanilla avors and gentle tannins.

Winemaker
Eric Johannsen
Accolades
91 Points - Robert Parker, 91 Points - Stephen Tanzer
Appellation
Anderson Valley, Mendocino County, California
Vineyard
Boone Ridge
Cooperage
9 months in French oak, 21% new
ABV
14.1%

About the Winery

California’s Anderson Valley stands as one of the most beautiful winegrowing regions anywhere on earth, a dramatic landscape marked by steep hillsides, ancient groves, and fog-laden mornings. We at Champ de Reves were compelled to cultivate Pinot Noir here and have been inspired by the results, for our vineyards high over the valley yield wines laden with vivid, dark fruit, silky textual elements and a pronounced mineral streak. Herein lies the expression of our field of dreams.

We make only one wine – Pinot Noir. Characterized by aromas and flavors of blue/black fruit, floral and spice elements, earth and a distinct minerality, Champ de Rêves’ calling card is its mouthfeel, which exhibits both a silky textural trait and a firm, gravelly structure that’s a testament to its high altitude origins.

Winemaker Eric Johannsen

Eric has over a decade of experience in Pinot Noir winemaking throughout the vineyards of California. He is a northern California native with technical expertise drawing from degrees in chemistry and philosophy and ultimately a Masters of Science in Enology from UC Davis. His Master’s thesis focused on the microbiology of wine fermentations.

Eric has spent the past 15 years honing his winemaking chops, thirteen of those spent in the Carneros region and on the Sonoma Coast.

Intellectual and experimental by nature, Eric is a consummate winemaker whose fondness for crafting Chardonnay and Pinot Noir developed in the late 1990s. He has been almost singularly focused on creating Pinot Noir from the world-class winegrowing regions of Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties, working for such wineries as Cuvaison, Williams-Selyem, Carneros Hills, La Crema and Champ de Reves.

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