These wines always straddle the line between the New and Old world, but it is the purity of fruit that locks me into California. Freshly picked white peach, golden apple, and brioche round out the mid-palate and let that classic Sonoma Coast acidity lift it all through a long finish. Very food friendly, the wine is made for spatchcock chicken and roasted root veggies.
Anaba, a relatively new winery in Sonoma, is wholly wind powered. They focus on Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Rhone varietals. Their wines are already garnering serious critical acclaim and seem to get better and better each year. If you're ever in Sonoma, stop into their tasting room after grabbing a sandwich at the Carneros Deli.
Cool fact: in 2009, Anaba became the first winery in Northern California to utilize wind power - its 45 foot wind turbine generates electricity for the tasting room, wine storage facility, offices, and irrigation pumps. The name Anaba originates from cool, upward-flowing anabatic winds that soar and swirl through its sustainably-farmed Carneros Estate vineyards. Anaba's Rhône-style wines are artistic blends, inspired by the rugged earthiness of France's Rhône Valley, while their Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs reflect the elegance and grace of the gently sloping vineyards found in Burgundy. On top of all that, Proprietor, John Sweazey, is just a great guy that really loves the wine industry. He's a native of our hometown, Chicago, and it doesn't seem like moving to the West Coast has changed him one bit.More from this winery
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