Sunday, July 3, 2016

Anaba Wines - elegant wines from Sonoma

Anaba is named for the anabatic winds that come off the bay which are driven by the heating of the slope the warm wind become intense. The air over the top of the slop is now warmer than air at a similar altitude. Anabatic winds are very useful to soaring glider pilots you see around Carneros. As they winds journey up the slope they form a sweet spot over the Anaba vineyards providing a more temperate climate that slows the ripening process, producing robust flavors and distinctive varietal characteristics.

Not only do the winds empower the vines, but Anaba Wines also uses the winds to power the winery. In 2009 Anaba Wines became the first winery in Northern California to utilize wine power when the owner, John Sweazey installed a 45-foot Skystream 3.7 wind turbine on the property to harness these winds. The wind turbine generates electricity for the tasting room, storage area, office operations and irrigation pumps for two vineyards. The wind turbine also provides power for the electric car charging station at the tasting room.

Anaba wines are handcrafted from the best Rhone and Burgundian grape varieties grown at the estate vineyards in Sonoma County.

The 2013 Anaba Viognier from Sonoma Valley comes from the Landa Vineyard, located in the shadows of the eastern hills in Sonoma Valley.  You will love the iconic aromas of white flowers that lead on to lemongrass and minerality.  As you taste the wine, enjoy the multiple layers of flavors of melon, candied lemon peel and minerality.  It is nicely balanced with a medium plus finish:  The price is $28.

The 2013 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is a premium wine sourced from exceptional vineyards in the Sonoma Coast AVA.  Grapes are incorporated from select lots from Roberts Road Vineyard, Dutton Ranch, Las Brisas Vineyard, Moore Ranch and Simpatico Ranch.  The result is a wine that is complex and interesting.  It is loaded with rich and lively notes of red plum, sweet red cherries, baking spices and toasty oak.  This carries on to the palate where you will enjoy cherry, plum and wild raspberry.  It is a nicely balanced wine with a long finish.  The price is $36.

For more information: Anaba Wines

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