Anna's Red 2013
Anna's Estate Vineyard
90 points - Connoisseurs' Guide
Grenache 37%, Mourvedre 21%, Cinsaut 18%, Counoise 14%, Syrah 10%
Our Anna’s Red is a Rhône-style blend mirroring the classic wines of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape using estate-grown grapes from our mountain vineyards in the coastal hills of Paso Robles.
90 points, Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (March 2016)
"None of Adelaida's wines shy away from full ripeness, and this expressive, big-bodied blend will never be accused of delicacy or understatement, but it is a deeply filled working that is rife with well-defined strawberryish fruit and its deft accents of toast, sweet cream and stones afford a measure of genuine complexity." - Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (March 2016)
The wine is softly textured, tasting of mulled strawberries and savory flavors reminiscent of roasting pan juices and wild thyme.
Lamb kebabs with pomegranate glaze, Vietnamese pulled pork tacos, and Porcini mushrooms risotto
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.
Warm weather characterized the 2013 vintage, with occasional heat spikes, but always moderated by the marine influence of the nearby Pacific Ocean. Adelaida’s vineyards lie in the newly demarcated AVA, the Adelaida District, characterized by wide daily temperature swings, an abundance of limestone sub-soils and steep terrain.
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