2015 Anna's Red
Anna's Estate Vineyard
Last of vintage
Mourvedre 26%, Cinsaut 22%, Counoise 18%, Grenache 17%, Petite Sirah 17%
Five red grape varieties come together in this year’s Anna’s red blend. Based on grape varieties originating in France’s Chateauneuf-du-Pape region this red Rhone style is referred to a GSM blend, emphasizing the dominant grapes – Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre. This vintage marks an interesting departure from this tradition placing emphasis on Cinsaut and Counoise (a combined 40%), varieties that typically play a supportive role in the mix.
Expressive aromas of blackberries and a subtle roasted meat, herbs-de-Provence quality are restated in the supple textured, well integrated flavors of dark berries, bouillon and smoked herb-olive paste. Drink now through 2020.
Plum and blackberry conserves, roasting meat juices, wild thyme, wet earth.
Pan fried lamb chops with rosemary and garlic, braised chicken thighs with mustard and chestnuts, porcini mushroom risotto
Named for Elizabeth Van Steenwyk’s grandmother, this mountainous 48-acre vineyard sits above and around HMR vineyard and supports Adelaida’s Rhône program. The white varieties planted in 2007 lie at the lowest point of the vineyard where they benefit from a pooling of cooler air. Viognier is planted near the top as it thrives when it is warmer and receives more sun. The red varieties, planted between 2001 and 2006, benefit from ideal sun exposure at the top of the steep, south-facing ridge location and exhibit the nuanced flavors of their elevated mountain site. At between 1,595 and 1,935 feet in elevation, the red varieties lie on an extreme 30 degree slope rooted in devigorating calcareous shale sub soils. At 14 miles from the Pacific Ocean, the afternoon marine air flow accentuates a dramatic 40-50 degree diurnal temperature cool down. The white varieties lie at the lowest point of the vineyard, 1,595 feet, which promotes a pooling of the cool air. All vines, on drip, are planted on lime tolerant rootstock using a vertical shoot training system. Vine spacing is 4 feet between vines and 10 feet between rows, 1,089 vines/acre. Yields are maintained at 2 tons/acre. Vines are ENTAV certified, the 15 acres of Syrah being a diverse selection, divided into 5 vineyard blocks.
This elevation in status is due to refinements in Adelaida’s vineyard protocols which have improved grape phenolics (i.e. flavor). All varieties are handled separately, hand sorted, de-stemmed, allowed a brief cold soak and fermented in small lot-sized vats with indigenous yeast, gently worked with twice daily punch downs and pump-overs. The wines matured for 16 months in a mix of different sized French oak barrels, about 40% new. The final blend is a result of many trials and seeks to achieve parity with previous grape compositions, ultimately a savory concoction, fruit at the core with earth, mineral and a sense of meaty complexity.
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