Anderson Family Vineyard-Dundee Hills
Rocky, volcanic soils
Small-lot wild yeast fermentations
100% barrel aged for 19 months in French oak barrels (one new, three neutral). Bottled unfined and unfiltered
This wine is translucent cherry brick in color with a surprisingly evolved nose that opens to passion fruit, iron, orange, beautiful/sexy musk and brown spice. In mouth it transitions to rich ripe cherry-plum, blueberry and mocha with grilled game overtones.
(all used French oak) Vivid ruby-red. Powerful aromas of cherry and dark berry liqueur, Indian spices, and incense acquire a smoky mineral nuance as the wine opens up. Fleshy and broad on the palate but surprisingly lively as well, offering concentrated black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors and a hint of fruitcake. Finishes seamless and long, featuring an echo of juicy blue fruit and supple, building tannins that add framework and grip.
The Anderson Family Vineyard bottling from Jim Prosser is one of his smallest production pinots, with only two casks made of this wine in the 2014 vintage. These are twenty- four year-old Dijon 115 clones, which produces small clusters and smaller berries, delivering an ideal skin to juice ratio. Like all of Jim’s pinots, this is fermented with indigenous yeasts and raised without new wood (one cask is a one wine barrel and the other is a two wine barrel). The bouquet is lovely and a bit more black fruity than these other two bottlings from J. K. Carriere, offering up scents of plums, red and black cherries, raw cocoa, dark soil tones, fresh thyme, mustard seed and a hint of cedary wood. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, nicely structured and vivid, with a superb core of fruit, excellent transparency, fine-grained tannins and a long, perfectly balanced and nascently complex finish. This will be the sappiest of these three excellent 2014 pinot noirs from Jim Prosser when it is fully mature, but it will need a solid decade in the cellar to start to really blossom. Fine, fine juice. 2024-2065.
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