2013 Anaba “Turbine” Rhone White Blend $33
Winery Tasting Notes: “Named for the iconic image of the wind turbine on the label, the Turbine White is a delicious blend of white Rhone-style varietals. Light citrus blossom aromas mingle with stone fruit, lychee and herbal notes. The overall bouquet is light, but the flavor profile is full. The palate is initially bright with flavors of tropical fruits and orange oil giving way to a richer mid-palate and slightly nutty characteristics.”
“Wine Advocate” Tasting Notes: 89 Points
“The 2013 Proprietary White Turbine, a blend of 42% Roussanne, 20% Grenache Blanc, 20% Picpoul Blanc and 18% Marsanne, certainly qualifies as one of the more idiosyncratic and original blends in Northern California. The wine has a light gold color and a nose of rose petals, honeysuckle, and a touch of tropical fruit. It is a beautiful, fragrant and perfumed style of wine, but with good flesh and dry, crisp flavors – all evidence of a terrific blend put together by the winery. Drink it over the next several years.”
Blend: 42% Roussanne, 20% Grenache Blanc, 20% Picpoul Blanc and 18% Marsanne
Alcohol Level: 14%
Cases Produced: 354
Winemaker Name: Ross Cobb & Katy Wilson
Maturity: Drink Now – 2019
Pairings: Fried Chicken, Poached Lobster, Sautéed Scallops, soft cheeses, sautéed shrooms!
Staff Review: DREW MOFFAT – This is a fantastic treat that we are excited to be sharing with our faithful wine club members! Anaba (short for “anabatic winds”) was the first winery in Northern California to utilize wind power when owner, John Sweazey installed a 45-foot Skystream 3.7 wind turbine on the property to harness the anabatic winds. This single wind turbine generates electricity for Anaba’s tasting room, wine storage, office operations and irrigation pumps for the two estate vineyards. To top it off in 2015, Anaba installed an electric car charging station that is also powered by their turbine. Anaba is committed to green initiatives and continue to add protocols to minimize their carbon footprint.
You generally don’t see many white Rhone blends coming out of Sonoma but this one happens to be another ‘lil gem we found. The Roussanne, Marsanne and Grenache Blanc offer rich flavor, full mouth-feel and delicious stone fruit nectar. The Picpoul balances the wine with soft acidity and structure. I think that you are going to be very happy with this selection…only bad news is we bought all that there was left in distribution! On the 2014!!! Cheers!
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