2014 Domaine Anderson Estate Pinot Noir



Aromas of red cherry, raspberry and blackberry are underscored by vanilla and cedar notes. Grippy tannins provide the backbone to the weighty palate, with tension, punch, and a vibrant acidity which lifts it all. A forceful wine which combines excellent Pinot typicity with ripeness and balance. — Decanter

There are times when even somebody like me — somebody who loves talking about great wine — falls silent in the presence of a great wine. It’s when a great wine is drinking perfectly. Because when that happens, what is there to say? The wine does the talking for you. Which is how I feel about the 2014 Domaine Anderson Estate Pinot Noir right now. The wine was delicious when it was released, has improved every year since, and is arriving at those magical months in the life of a great wine when every part of it is shining. If you were here with me, I promise you this bottle would do all the talking for me.

The 2014 Domaine Anderson Estate Pinot Noir is made from grapes sourced exclusively from the estate’s Anderson Valley vineyards, which are nestled in the region’s cool hillsides and mountains. It’s this cool climate — the region’s marine character — that makes Anderson Valley ideal for cultivating great Pinot Noir.

The Estate Pinot Noir is representative of the care of Domaine Anderson’s farming practices and of the quality of the region’s terrior. The domaine derives expressiveness from the wine by fermenting its grapes on their skins in small lots for two weeks. They derive the wine’s freshness and energy through slow, cool malolactic fermentations. And they nurture the wine’s complexity by aging it in new and used barriques for 15 months.

In the glass, the 2014 Estate Pinot Noir is all rubies and violets. It shows its power with rich, ripe aromas and flavors of spring earth and forest floor, blackberry and plum, cinnamon and cardamom. It shows its elegance with its smooth and supple texture and its full, exquisite body. With every sip you take, this wine gets better and better.

But I’d really rather let this wine speak for itself. I’d like you to have the experience I’ve been having with it. I’d like you to taste what it’s like to have a wine do the talking for you.

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