We recently reviewed a Châteauneuf-du-Pape type blend from Anaba (pronounced Anń-ah-bah), the winery named after the winds of Sonoma Valley. This 2006 Coriol Red, Sonoma Valley is part of the Anaba inaugural releases of Chardonnay, Viognier, Pinot Noir and the red and a white Rhône-style blend, both named Coriol. The wines are handcrafted from Rhône and Burgundian grape varieties grown at their Carneros Estate vineyard and in selected vineyard properties throughout Sonoma County. All five of Anaba’s wines earned medals in the recent 2009 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.
The Red Coriol is a blend of 5 grapes; Grenache (60%) Mouvedre (25%) Syrah (10%) Counoise (2.5%) and Petit Sirah (2.5%) which provide a very rich flavor and long finish, despite its color of a bright ruby-red peck, transparent at the edges vs. the long, dark deep red of an open-mouthed kiss. The nose offers bright cherry and raspberry with hints of anise and truffle. Alcohol by volume is 14.4%.
In the spirit of full disclosure, we were contacted by Anaba to see if we accepted samples for review. Many wine writers do not but we’ve also been told by wineries that even the hugely grand and popular writers get about half their wines to review for free, that they even expect it. We don’t, and many of our reviews come from wines that we buy.
Having been in marketing and PR, I know how hard it is to get your product before consumers, especially as a new entrant to the market during a time when the economy is in the toilet. Be that as it may, if we don’t like a wine sent to us as a sample, we won’t write a review of it. That’s not to say that every sample we receive and don’t review we don’t like — but we do review those we find special and attainable to our readers.
Since wine can be considered a luxury (we treat it a staple in our house — but that’s because Joe is a wino, or claims to be one anyway), it’s a great thing when a winery offers a discount to our readers. And the good folks of Anaba have done just that. We’re not receiving any money from Anaba to pass this along, we just thought it would be great for our readers to experience their wines.
Use this special code on their order form AWB0309 (click the Enter Discount Code for a little pop-up box once on the order form site) for 15% off any purchase of 6 bottles or more! We hope you enjoy their wines as much as we do. Let us know what your think!
~ Amy Corron Power,