Anaba Coriol Red 2006
Rhone Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
We produce Coriol, a Châteauneuf-du-Pape type blend of 60% Grenache, 25% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah, 2.5% Counoise and 2.5% Petite Sirah. Our Coriol wine is inspired by the classic wines of the Rhône Valley. Our Syrah and Grenache comes from the Landa Vineyard which is located in the shadows of the eastern hills of the Sonoma Valley. Additional Grenache, as well as Mourvèdre and Counoise comes from the Annadel Estate Vineyard, located at the northwest end of the Sonoma Valley appellation. This vineyard was among the first to purchase California-certified Château Beaucastel budwood from Tablas Creek nursery. These varietals, including the late ripening Mourvèdre thrive in the shallow soils of the vineyards' upslope areas. In 2006 mild winter with below normal rainfall, coupled with a dry spring, led to early bud break and a harvest that was completed by late October.
Savory aromas of black and white pepper, smoked bacon, earth, red and black berry set this wine apart. Medium-full bodied, this red Rhône blend is packed with dark fruit, spicy pepper notes, and a hint of minerality. Crisp and fresh, our Coriol red is an ideal companion for food.
Wine Spectator - "Firm and concentrated, with a mix of spicy cola, herb, dark berry fruit, tobacco and bay leaf. Well-focused and full-bodied, gaining complexity. Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah, Counoise and Petite Sirah. Drink now through 2014."
On tranquil summer days, as golden sun kisses the valleys and hills of vineyards in Sonoma, unique air currents bring cooling breezes inland from the Pacific Ocean and San Pablo Bay. Wafting softly, with some gusts and gales, they glide through the vineyard rows. As they encounter steeper slopes and drift upward, they become anabatic winds. Soaring glider pilots rely on them for flight. We treasure them for the coolness they impart on their journey — a gift of nature that makes the vineyard more temperate and slows the ripening process, producing robust flavors and distinctive varietal characters in our grapes.
Our exclusive Anaba wines are handcrafted from the best Rhône and Burgundian grape varieties grown at our Carneros Estate vineyard and in selected outstanding vineyard properties throughout Sonoma County. Our Rhône-style wines are artistic blends, inspired by the rugged earthiness of France's Rhône Valley and duplicated in the rocky Sonoma soils. Our Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs reflect the elegance and grace of the gently sloping vineyards found in Burgundy, crafted from similar sites in the Sonoma Coast and Carneros appellations.
Anaba... elegant, classic wines borne by the wind.
- John Sweazey Proprietor View all Anaba Wines
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Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about half as much wine as its northeasterly neighbor. Because of its vast size, however, Sonoma is able to achieve far more diversity within its borders, which include sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid-back and down-to-earth, but the wines are serious and well-made, ranging in style from subtle and elegant to rich and powerful. Grape varieties are more varied here, from Pinot Noir and Zinfandel to Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.
Notable FactsThe largest sub-AVAs of Sonoma include Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley, Alexander Valley and Sonoma Valley. Each sub-AVA, with its own micro-climate, is unique in its grape varieties and styles of wine. Dry Creek makes a mean Zinfandel while Russian River produces stand up Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Alexander Valley makes some of the better Cabernet Sauvignons in the county and Sonoma Valley creates excellent wines from all the above varieties. Other grapes found throughout Sonoma include Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Syrah.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country unto itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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