Domaine Anderson is nestled in the breathtaking, fog-cooled hillside and mountain terrain of Northern California's Anderson Valley. The cooling marine layer that is characteristic of this region provides ideal conditions for the cultivation of Pinot Noir grapes. It was the regionís ideal conditions that led Jean Claude Rouzaud, Chairman of Louis Roederer, to this remote corner of Mendocino County to create world class American wines that met the House of Roedererís highest standards of distinction. Over a year of relentless work has brought the vineyards to the highest standards of viticulture. And, a significant investment in leading edge equipment has turned the winery into a best-in-class facility designed and equipped specifically for small lot production of Domaine Andersonís site-specific wines. This 2012 Pinot is a their first release. THis wine aged 16 months in 35% new French oak. Named the "year's Best Pinot Noir" by Wine & Spirits who scored it 91 points on release. Wine Review Online reviewed this very recently with a 93 point score saying "Confession: This bottle has been idling on my tasting runway for a couple of years, after being sent to me as a press sample that then got lost in the shuffle. Last night it finally got cleared for take-off, and it was fantastic. There's no doubt in my mind that it was more complex and integrated thanks to the additional aging it received, and more than 20 retailers around the USA are still selling this vintage, so "better late than never" really applies in this case. The wine shows lovely aromas with interwoven scents of dark cherry fruit and mushroom-y accents, and the flavors are even more complex. Almost all the wood notes are now integrated, and the tannins super soft but still sufficient to provide framing. $50 is the list price and also the one most commonly charged at the moment, and though the wine is easily worth that, some retailers are charging less than $40--which is a steal."