Anaba Coriol Red 2006 Front Label
Anaba Coriol Red 2006 Front Label

Anaba Coriol Red 2006

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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.

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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.
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Anaba, California
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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.

The exclusive Anaba wines are handcrafted from the best Rhône and Burgundian grape varieties grown at the Carneros Estate vineyard and in selected outstanding vineyard properties throughout Sonoma County. These Rhône-style wines are artistic blends, inspired by the rugged earthiness of France's Rhône Valley and duplicated in the rocky Sonoma soils. Anaba's 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.

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Home to a diverse array of smaller AVAs with varied microclimates and soil types, Sonoma County has something for every wine lover. Physically twice as large as Napa Valley, the region only produces about half the amount of wine but boasts both tremendous quality and variety. With its laid-back atmosphere and down-to-earth attitude, the wineries of Sonoma are appreciated by wine tourists for their friendliness and approachability. The entire county intends to become a 100% sustainable winegrowing region by 2019.

Sonoma County wines are produced with carefully selected grape varieties to reflect the best attributes of their sites—Dry Creek Valley’s consistent sunshine is ideal for Zinfandel, while the warm Alexander Valley is responsible for rich, voluptuous red wines like Cabernet Sauvignon. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are important throughout the county, most notably in the cooler AVAs of Russian River, Sonoma Coast and Carneros. Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Syrah have also found a firm footing here.

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With bold fruit flavors and accents of sweet spice, Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre form the base of the classic Rhône Red Blend, while Carignan, Cinsault and Counoise often come in to play. Though they originated from France’s southern Rhône Valley, with some creative interpretation, Rhône blends have also become popular in other countries. Somm Secret—Putting their own local spin on the Rhône Red Blend, those from Priorat often include Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. In California, it is not uncommon to see Petite Sirah make an appearance.

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