Champ de Reves
2013 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
California: Mendocino County: Anderson Valley
Today’s Champ de Reves Vineyards 2011 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir is a stunningly delicious and aromatic Anderson Valley Pinot Noir that drinks like a much more expensive wine (that’s our little secret).
We’ve tasted a number of Pinots recently, but this is the one that had us reaching for more.
This is high elevation Anderson Valley Pinot Noir at its best. Lots of lively fruit characteristics with an excellent balance of earthy notes and a soft mouth feel. Fun to drink by itself but also an excellent food wine. The name of the wine translates to “Field of Dreams” and the vineyards really come through as a dreamy glass of wine.
Robert Parker awarded today’s wine 90 Points, and it’s not hard to see why. If you’re looking for an incredible Pinot that won’t drain your wallet in the process, this is the wine for you.
Here’s what the wine press has to say:
90 points - Robert M. Parker, Jr., Wine Advocate - “A beautiful cool-climate Pinot Noir made from Dijon clones 667, 777 and 115, this wine was aged nine months in 30% new French oak… from a high-elevation vineyard… offers up notes of raspberry, strawberry, and a subtle hint of blueberry fruit. Lovely soil notes are intermixed in this decidedly cool-climate, fresh, lively, mid-weight Pinot Noir to drink over the next 3-4 years.”
Deep garnet in color with which swirls smoothly and reveals its depth.
Flower petals and dark berries. Anise and damp earth framed by strawberries.
Juicy berries and light baking spices with hints of chocolate and tea. Fine grained tannins belie a round mouth feel that is soft and well integrated.
Clean and lingering finish that revolves around the spices and berries much like a soft compote.
This wine screams for duck, pork, and lightly grilled meats and don’t be shy with the cherry reductions.
What the Winery Says
- Eric Johannsen
- Pinot Noir
- Anderson Valley, Mendocino County
- 0.57 g/100mL
- 9 months
- 30% new French oak
- 4,995 cases