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Champ de Reves Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2010

Pinot Noir from North Coast, California
    14.2% ABV
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    Winemaker Notes

    The 2010 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir has notes of blueberry, red earth, and nutmeg spice with hints of violet, toffee and oolong tea. It has a silky and generous entry, slate-like minerality, and muscular tannin on the finish – a testament to high altitude winegrowing.

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    Champ de Reves, North Coast, California
    2010 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
    Born of the rare, cool climate and rocky, mineral- rich soils unique to Anderson Valley’s legendary Boone Ridge, the wines of Champ de Reves are singular, complex and entirely exceptional. In celebration of this rare combination of natural conditions, Champ de Rêves focuses its attention entirely on one grape—Pinot Noir. High-elevation vineyards, coupled with geographical complexity, together help to create wines with vivid, dark fruit, silky textual elements and a pronounced mineral streak that is simply impossible to reproduce even in wines made just below the Ridge, on the Valley floor. Dozens of tiny blocks, each with unique clones, soils and orientations, lend the Ridge a mosaic of topographic possibility that produces fruit of astonishing variety. Winemaker Eric Johannsen believes in showcasing the delicate nuances of wine that can only come directly from the vineyard. Making full use of these remarkable grapes, Johannsen steadfastly adheres to three core principles that underlie the foundation for his art: minimal intervention, gentle handling and judicious use of oak. These honest, powerful wines are truly born of this “Field of Dreams”.

    A northern California native, Eric finds himself at home in Champ de Rêves estate vineyards in Anderson Valley. The geography of the far North Coast evokes Eric’s experiences of growing up in the Santa Cruz Mountains—bike rides through the redwoods, drives over the fog laden roads to the beach and trips to the rustic wineries dotting the terrain. But it is the connection of food, land and community that is so emblematic of northern California, and Anderson Valley in particular, that truly inspires Eric.

    North Coast

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    Encompassing the grape-growing regions located north of San Francisco, the North Coast AVA includes six counties: Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, Sonoma, and Solano. Napa and Sonoma get all of the attention, but there are a few other counties producing great wine in Northern California. Two notable examples are Mendocino and Lake County, the northernmost winegrowing regions in the state. These AVAs are very different, both from their neighbors to the south and from one another.

    Mendocino benefits from the cooling fog of the Pacific Ocean and is able to successfully grow cool-climate varieties like Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Riesling. There is a significant focus here on organic viticulture. Inland Lake County, on the other hand, is considerably warmer, and Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, and Sauvignon Blanc are the dominant varieties. Both regions are excellent sources of high-quality but affordable California wines in a wide range of styles.

    Pinot Noir

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    One of the most difficult yet rewarding grapes to grow, Pinot Noir is commonly referred to by winemakers as the “heartbreak grape.” However, the greatest red wines of Burgundy prove that it is unquestionably worth the effort. More reflective than most varieties of the land on which it is grown, Pinot Noir prefers a cool climate, requires low yields to achieve high quality, and demands care in the vineyard and lots of attention in the winery. It is an important component of Champagne and the only variety permitted in red Burgundy. Pinot Noir enjoys immense popularity internationally, most notably in Oregon, California, and New Zealand.

    In the Glass

    Pinot Noir Is all about red fruit—strawberry, raspberry, and cherry. It is relatively pale in color with soft tannins and lively acidity. It ranges in body from very light to the heavier side of medium, typically landing somewhere in the middle—giving it extensive possibilities for food pairing. With age (of which the best examples can handle an astounding amount), it can develop hauntingly beautiful characteristics of fresh earth, autumn leaves, and truffles.

    Perfect Pairings

    Pinot’s healthy acidity cuts through the oiliness of pink-fleshed fish like salmon, ocean trout, and tuna. Its mild mannered tannins don’t fight with spicy food, and give it enough structure to pair with all sorts of poultry—chicken, quail, and especially duck. As the namesake wine of Boeuf Bourguignon, it can even match with heavier fare. Pinot Noir is also very vegetarian-friendly—most notably with any dish that features mushrooms.

    Sommelier Secret

    Pinot Noir is dangerously drinkable, highly addictive, and has a bad habit of emptying the wallet. Look for affordable but still delicious examples from Germany (as Spätburgunder), Italy (as Pinot Nero), Chile, New Zealand, and France’s Loire Valley and Alsace regions.

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