The SOMM Journal

October/November 2014

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{ }  55 { cover story } OWN MERITS standing on its BY KAREN MACNEIL I approached the tasting with all the enthusiasm of a woman going for a root canal. Twenty-four California Chardonnays were lined up on the tasting table in our offices. I know what some of our staff were thinking: Let's do these fast and move on to the Pinots. And I couldn't blame them. There had been such a sameness—such a predict- ability—to the California Chardonnays we'd been tasting recently, that the whole idea of tasting yet more Chardonnay seemed like enological penance. We started in. Oak. Butter. Sweet. Oak. Butter. Sweet. And so it went. THE HOUSE OF ROEDERER BETS BIG ON DOMAINE ANDERSON PHOTO: CHRISTINE TOMLINSON From the Dach Ranch vineyards combined, Domaine Anderson will eventually make about 1,800 cases of Chardonnay and 3,000 cases of Pinot Noir.

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