September 29, 2015

2011 Chanamé Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., pH 3.81, TA 0.534, 50 cases, $45. Released spring 2013. The Hahn family planted vineyards in the Anderson Valley in 1972. This wine is sourced by winemaker James Hahn and his wife Mila Chanamé from a variety of vineyards farmed by Norman Kobler and Ardzrooni Vineyard Management nearby the original family plantings. Brix at harvest 23.5º. 100% de-stemmed, 7-day cold soak. Aged 13 months in 50% new and neutral French oak barrels. Unfined and unfiltered. · Darker garnet color and cloudy (unfiltered) in the glass. Clean and fresh aromas of black cherries, dark berries, smoky oak, tobacco and cut flowers. Plush and full-bodied on the palate with deep black cherry and raspberry flavors accented with cola and brown spice. The texture is fine grained and the tannins are ripe and balanced. Lacks acidic verve, but otherwise fine. Score: 88. Reviewed January 20, 2014

Winery: Chanamé
From article: Sips of Recently Tasted Wines