2007 Londer Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

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From Wine Spectator: "Elegant, with a mix of ripe cherry, spice, anise and savory herb, building intensity and depth and ending with firm, medium-bodied tannins. Drink now through 2013. 4,088 cases made." (Aug. 31, 2009) From Allen Meadows' Burghound: "Here the overtly red pinot fruit nose is nuanced by slight vegetal nuances that can also be found on the fresh and vibrant light to middle weight flavors that possess good detail and persistence but limited depth. Still, I like the exuberant personality and sappy finish." (Oct. 1, 2010) From the Connoisseurs' Guide To California Wine: "Bright, strawberry-like elements merge with the expected varietal themes of ripe cherries and a touch of brushy spice in the nose here and are carried forward in the wine's rounded, mid-density flavors. Withal a fairly straightforward Pinot that shows little in the way of real complexity, it wins recommendation by way of its accessible fruit and will likely show at its best when drunk up while still young." (June 2009)

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By: Bryan Brick |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/17/2010  | Send Email
The 2007 Londer Anderson Valley Pinot Noir ($26.99) may be one of the most versatile Pinots on the market right now making it a perfect wine to go with just about anything that your inner chef can imagine. Shiny, polished red fruits come bursting out of the bottle framed by earthy spice. Soft and inviting this has plenty of acidity to act as a foil to most dishes, but plenty of black fruit and cola spice to keep you wanting more.

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Varietal:

Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
Specific Appellation:

Anderson Valley/Mendocino

- Cooled by the nearby ocean and the seemingly omnipresent bank of oceanic fog, this picturesque wine region is home to a wealth of cool-climate grapes like riesling and gewürztraminer plus chardonnay and pinor noir, which are responsible for impressive and intense sparkling wines.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.4