2013 Champ de Reves Pinot Noir

Year: 2013
Appellation: Mendocino County
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 88
Wine Advocate: 90
Vinous Media: 88
Red Wine
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"Clean and direct, this is moderately complex, with savory berry, underbrush and cedar notes. Fails to lift off into other dimensions for now. Drink now. 4,995 cases made. –JL" (WS)

"A beautiful cool-climate Pinot Noir made from Dijon clones 667, 777 and 115, this wine was aged nine months in 30% new French oak. The wine, from a high-elevation vineyard and one of the estate vineyards of the Jackson family, offers up notes of raspberry, strawberry, and a subtle hint of blueberry fruit. Lovely soil notes are intermixed in this decidedly cool-climate, fresh, lively, mid-weight Pinot Noir to drink over the next 3-4 years. " (WA)

"The 2013 Pinot Noir from Champ de Reves is forward, supple and juicy, all qualities that make it a good drink over the next few years. Although the 2013 is an attractive wine, my impression is that something more is possible in this Anderson Valley site. It will be interesting to see what the winemaking team strives for in the coming years. These vines were planted only in 2006." (VM)

Winery Notes:
Wine Profile:
Characteristic aromas/flavors: Aromas of cranberry and Chambord punctuated by notes of coriander, rose, juniper berry, brown sugar, and Douglas fur. Flavors of blueberry, sour cherry, cedar, and savory elements come through on the palate.

Juicy acidity, earthy texture, and supple yet substantial tannin structure.

Fruit destemmed, with 70% whole berries in tank. Cold soaked at 48°F for 5-7 days. Fermented in open top tanks with manual punch downs. Removed from skins just before end of fermentation.

Barrel Aging:
9 months in barrel, 33% new French oak. No racking out of barrel until blending prior to bottling.

The Vineyard: Champ de Rêves Vineyard:
This spectacular vineyard is perched high above Boonville in the hills of Anderson Valley, just 18 miles from the Pacific coastline. Boone Ridge is a veritable aerie, with sweeping views of the valley below. A wide array of aspects in the vineyard creates multiple mesoclimates, each displaying unique characteristics as these relatively young vines continue to age.