Review: 2017 Domaine Anderson Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
Domaine Anderson is part of the Roederer family of wines, but here the focus is on still wines, all produced in the Anderson Valley. While the two wines below represent entry-level offerings, I was incredibly impressed with them and look forward to sampling their vineyard designates down the line.
2017 Domaine Anderson Chardonnay Anderson Valley – This is an impressive expression of chardonnay, lightly nutty with a distinct almond note, at least before sliding into gentle fruit — lemon, baked apples, and some melon notes. Some of this is unexpected for chardonnay — particularly the melon — but it’s a delight all the same, with a chewy body but enough acidity on the finish to keep things lively. A / $29
2017 Domaine Anderson Pinot Noir Anderson Valley – Silky and supple, there’s blackberry, strawberry, and ample blueberry on this inviting wine, its fruity body tempered by a touch of cinnamon and some cloves. I get notes of chocolate on the finish, which pair beautifully with all that up-front fruit. Again, it’s not perhaps an iconic example of Anderson Valley pinot, which tends to be richer and earthier, but it’s a delight all the same. A / $39