Next, stop at Domaine Anderson, the still-wine project from Louis Roederer, which owns the valley’s two famous sparkling wine houses, Roederer Estate and Scharffenberger Cellars. Domaine Anderson is Anderson Valley’s most polished-looking tasting room — you might wonder if you accidentally ended up in Restoration Hardware — but the wines strike a beautiful balance between richness and restraint.
Anderson Valley may be home to one of the last remaining American dialects, known as Boontling, but the land echoes with a bit of a French accent, as it hosts three wineries belonging to the venerable eight-generation Roederer family from Champagne.
The market for pinot noir has seemed insatiable ever since the 2004 movie “Sideways,” in which the protagonist waxed poetic about the finicky varietal while denigrating merlot. It launched a pinot bull market now officially called the “Sideways effect” and proven by data in a Sonoma State University research paper. Download article
With a nod to the spirit of the ongoing Rio Olympics, here are Gold Medal worthy California Pinot Noir wines featured in this issue along with many other medal contenders. As you can see, almost every wine is from the 2014 vintage… Download article
One of the newer additions to the superb array of Anderson Valley estates, Domaine Anderson farms 50 acres of vineyards planted to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The estate is the most recent addition of the Louis Roederer family. Vineyards are farmed organically and the Dach Vineyard is certified organic and biodynamic…Donwload article
Patience seems to be second nature for winemakers and a necessary exercise for vintners. In the case of the winemaking team at Roederer, led by Vice President of Operations Arnaud Weyrich, patience and a watchful eye resulted in Domaine Anderson, a new home for still wine production that’s just a stone’s throw from the eminent sparkling wine house Roederer Estate. Download article
Domaine Anderson is the realization of a vision. The Rouzaud family of Louis Roederer had their eyes on a special parcel of land in Anderson Valley for a number of years. In 2009, the stars aligned for the purchase to be made and vines to be planted. The first vintages of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir came in 2012, and the wines – two each, Chardonnay and Pinot – were released last year…Download article
The meals are paired with a series of wonderful wines from Domaine Anderson, a winery in the beautiful Anderson Valley of Northern California, three hours north of San Francisco. The grapes are sourced exclusively from their 50 acres of Anderson Valley vineyards, giving them complete control over the winemaking process, from growth to bottling….Download article
Many Anderson Valley Pinot Noirs are outstanding and share a personality that’s vivid and balanced. Top-rated Pinots are made within the valley by Lazy Creek, Navarro, Goldeneye, Angel Camp, the brand-new Domaine Anderson… Download article
I approached the tasting with all the enthusiasm of a woman going for a root canal. Twenty-four California Chardonnays were lined up on the tasting table in our offices. I know what some of our staff were thinking: Let’s do these fast and move on to the Pinots…Download article
…the Anderson Valley is still sparsely populated and ruggedly beautiful. It’s also arguably California’s coolest new Pinot Noir appellation—literally and figuratively. Fifteen years ago, the Russian River Valley was the ne plus ultra of Pinot appellations. Today, many of California’s most influential Pinot makers… Download article
Truly gorgeous inside and out, Anderson Valley, a coastal Mendocino appellation due north of Sonoma County, is among California’s most chosen spots for cool-climate Pinot Noir, and a viticultural playground for producers from around the state. Anderson Valley winds its way 15 miles between the roadside town of Boonville… Download article
The first time I first visited Mendocino’s Anderson Valley. The year was 1970. I had read about a tract of land suitable to plant vineyards that was being offered for sale. Because of the property’s remoteness, the price seemed quite cheap compared with the cost of vineyard land in Napa or Sonoma… Download article