Champ de Reves Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2011
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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”.p>
Anderson Valley, located in Mendocino County just above Sonoma County, is one of California’s coolest AVAs, allowing it a long growing season. Only 15 miles long, the region makes a slice eastward through the mountains, from the frigid Pacific Ocean. Dramatic diurnal temperature variations here preserve grape acidity and thus freshness in the finished wines. These are prime conditions for growing Pinot Noir, and the valley produces many fine versions. Characteristics of Anderson Valley Pinot Noir typically include crisp acidity, cranberry and strawberry notes as well as earthy notes of forest floor and mushroom.
Still Pinot Noir, however, is only part of the story. Pinot Noir, along with Chardonnay, are also grown for Anderson Valley’s exceptional sparkling wines. Produced via the traditional method, these offer a classic toasty note from lees aging, bright, complex fruit notes and a clean, refreshing character.