Rugged, rustic, and remote, Anderson Valley is still one of California’s most up-and-coming areas as much of the isolated region is undiscovered, blanketed by forested areas with heavy overgrowth and a cool marine climate heavily influenced by fog-filled afternoons and nights. The close proximity to the Pacific ensures that cooling breezes keep fruit dry, along with careful vineyard management.
Wines of the region tend to capture that rusticity, showing dark fruit and earthy forest floor notes, melding harmoniously with a line of focused freshness and acidity. From estate vineyards throughout the area, Domaine Anderson crafts their sustainably farmed Estate Pinot Noir ($39) with precision, revealing layers of blackberry, black tea, wild sage, and black cherry. Bold, yet approachable, this is a tasty wine to pair with bacon-wrapped grilled shrimp, mushroom risotto, or braised beef.