Anna's Red Signature 2014
Anna's Estate Vineyard
"polished & charming" - Wine Advocate
Mourvèdre 39%, Syrah 33%, Grenache 26%, Petite Sirah 2%
“The supple, polished and charming 2014 Anna’s Red Signature is packed with red and black fruits plus notes of underbrush, wild herbs and hints of scorched earth.” - Wine Advocate (August 2016)
Inspired by the top cuvees of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, this reverse engineered GSM blend showcases the synergies of these varieties. Anna’s Estate Vineyard features mountain elevation and steep south facing exposures, all the better to maximize vine stress, thick skins and flavor intensity.
The wine delivers the savory flavors of a game infused blackberry reduction with hints of Herbs-de-Provence and campfire smoke. Drink now through 2020.
AROMA: Black forest fruits with notes of underbrush and wild herbs
FLAVOR: Savory game infused blackberry reduction with herbs de Provence
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.
The 2014 vintage, was a classic vintage for the region and was characterized by its overall consistency. After a warm and dry winter that marked a third consecutive year of drought, the vines woke a month early from dormancy with buds pushing out in mid-February. The 3rd year of low rainfall added a measure of stress to the vines contributing to low yields and enhanced skin phenolics. All to the good for producing wines of depth and density.
Summer followed with a few heat spells that led us to begin harvest on August 12, a full month earlier than the historical average, and finished late September—when we typically are still bringing in Pinot Noir.
As a whole, the wines from the 2014 vintage are loaded with fruit and are very generous, approachable, and drinking well now. They have good weight, great length, and show the potential of our estate vineyards. The 2014 vintage wines are in stark contrast to the 2013 wines, which were very tight in their infancy and are only now, three years later, beginning to show their depth.
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