Champ de Reves Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2011

Pinot Noir from North Coast, California

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Item No. 127265
  • red wine
  • W&S93
  • V91
  • ST91
Style: Smooth & Supple

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

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Winemaker's Notes

Bright aromas of fresh blueberry, cranberry and rose petal 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 winegrowing.

Critical Acclaim

"This is the second vintage of the Jackson family's Angerson Valley pinot noir project, from a high-elevation property that Jess Jackson and Barbara Banke purchased in 1999 and began planting in 2006. The vineyard sits above the town of Booneville at elevations approaching 2,000 feet, benefiting from plenty of sunlight as well as cooling ocean breezes coming over the hills to the west. The vineyard's sandstone-based soils grew a concentrated, mineral pinot noir in 2011, a wine that feels both ample and focused, glowing with rich dark cherry tones and loaded with earth scents of cedar bark and forest mushrooms, layered and complex. It's beautiful now, and its structure has room to grow with time in the cellar. "
93 Points

"Bright ruby-red. A smoky, highly perfumed bouquet evokes black raspberry, cherry-cola, dried rose and anise, with a spicy topnote. Weighty dark berry avors 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."
91 Points

"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 Points

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Learn About Champ de Reves

As a winegrowing region, there is no other Pinot Noir AVA in America that has more potential than Anderson Valley. The features of the valley are a Mecca for the cultivation of Pinot: here one finds daily, cooling maritime inuence, dramatic geological contours with high mountains on either side of the valley, rocky soils and a mix of classic California flora and trees. The ensuing range of Pinot Noir flavor proles and firm structural elements leave no doubt that the Anderson Valley is qualitatively superb.

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