Anna's White 2015
Anna's Estate Vineyard
90 - Connoisseurs Guide
Grenache Blanc 35%, Viognier 30%, Roussanne 26%, Picpoul Blanc 9%
Drawing inspiration from the rare white wine blends of Chateauneuf-du-Pape in the southern Rhone, Anna’s combines 4 varieties from our Estate Vineyard, varieties that are indigenous to the Mediterranean climate of southern France. An example of synergy at its best, the wine comes together as a whole cloth sewn from each of its 4 components.
90 points, Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
"Those who hold that wines made from the classic white Rhône varieties must necessarily aim for richness are sure to be happy here. Adelaida's predilection for full ripeness may be hard to miss, but this very expressive wine is charged with lots of juicy fruit that refuses to quit, and, for all of its ample substance and size, it never once drags its feet and is always balanced, buoyant and vital. It is a pleasure to drink now with savory poultry preparations and will only get better with a few years of additional age."
Resembling apples, honeysuckle, roasted nuts and pineapple individually and full of luscious perfumed aromatics the wine exudes richness and viscosity tempered with refreshing and energetic length. The finished wine evokes the redolence of springtime flowers, honeydew melon and crème caramel contrasted with finishing flavors of lemon meringue and baked pineapple. At its best now through 2019.
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A dedicated collection of Rhône grape varieties, Anna’s mountainous 48 acres are divided between six red varieties, planted between 2001 and 2004 along a steep south facing ridge, and 4 lower elevation white varieties planted in 2007. Red varieties benefit from ideal sun exposure and exhibit the nuanced flavors of their elevated mountain site in Paso Robles' Adelaida District. 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.
Each variety was handled separately, gently whole cluster pressed, settled in tank and barrel fermented in mostly neutral (previously used) oak barrels on native yeast cultures. A small percentage of Grenache Blanc was kept in stainless barrels to contribute a greater sense of its bright malic acidity. Wines went through a natural malo-lactic conversion and occasional lees stirring for their 10 month sojourn in barrel.
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