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Anaba Wines Pinot Noir Define Series Sonoma Coast 2021  - First Bottle

Technical Details

  • WinemakerKaty Wilson
  • CountryUS
  • RegionCalifornia
  • Sub-RegionNorth Coast
  • AppellationSonoma Coast
  • Farming MethodSustainable Practices
  • Alcohol13.5%

Anaba Wines Pinot Noir Define Series Sonoma Coast 2021

Pinot Noir  |  US

Sustainable Practices
40% off retail!

Anaba is a small family-owned winery in Sonoma, revered for their cool-climate, limited-production bottlings of pinot noir, chardonnay, and syrah. This Define Series pinot from the Sonoma Coast is one of their smaller productions, and has become a flagship for them – showcasing spectacular vineyards sites across Sonoma Coast. Normally $56 – but we scored a price that is over 40% less!

John Sweazey is the proprietor behind Anaba. Started about two decades back, this family owned winery was the culmination of a dream and a vision that John held closely for nearly 40 years. After graduating from Stanford and working for large tech/data companies like IBM – John decided one day that enough was enough. He embarked on a series of adventures – traveling across Europe in a VW bus and enjoying the wines and conviviality of Burgundy, Rhone, and beyond. He returned to raise a family, but never stopped dreaming.

When the opportunity arose to buy a plot of land on the western edge of Carneros, bordering the famed Sangiacomo vineyard, John, at long last, fulfilled his destiny. As time went on, he made more and more friends in the industry, and expanded the Anaba portfolio to include these precious vineyard sites along the way. Big name sites like Sangiacomo’s Roberts Road, and the Dutton Ranch’s Mill Station vineyard, along with smaller, virtually unheard of family vineyards scattered across the North Bay were all brought into the fold – and the quality of the wines started to get noticed by the top critics. Recent single vineyard bottlings have scored as high as 97 points from The Wine Advocate, and even their entry level, Sonoma Coast pinot noir scored a solid 93 points from the same critic. This Define Series is relatively new, and never yet submitted for scores – so you’re gonna have to trust me here – it’s fantastic!

A combination of Sonoma Coast vineyards – all within a few miles of the Pacific – are the source material here, all harnessed and expressed brilliantly by winemaker Katy Wilson. She’s built a resume that includes stints at Sonoma mainstays like Flowers, Kamen, Smith Story, and more, even earning a feature in Forbes for her work here at Anaba. The style here is quintessentially California, yet highlighting the cool-climate expression of her sites. High-toned aromas of roses and crushed raspberries are harnessed with hints of baking spice and lavish barrel accents. In the mouth, Russian River’s classic black cherry makes a bold statement, but reigned in deftly with accents of fresh mint, and wild notes of fennel. Tart cranberry tea, with candied orange peels, and a final flourish of earthy, leathery spices completes the experience – and what an experience it is! For just over $30 a bottle – this is one of the best Sonoma Coast pinots you’ll find anywhere… but hurry! We don’t have much to go around!

FOOD PAIRINGS: I went ahead and paired this with a pastrami sandwich from my local deli. The briny, smoky, peppery brisket was a perfect match for bright red berry fruits, and the sauerkraut really popped with those wild herb sensations. A bit of marbled rye kept it all together, and presto! One of the better off-the-wall pinot pairings I’ve had lately.

About the Producer

Anaba Winery, nestled amidst the scenic hills of Sonoma Valley, California, traces its roots back to 2006 when proprietor John Sweazey embarked on a journey to create wines that reflect the unique terroir of the region. Named after the anabatic winds that sweep through the vineyards, bringing cool air and ensuring optimal grape growing conditions, Anaba Winery is a testament to Sweazey's vision of crafting wines that capture the essence of Sonoma's diverse microclimates. With a focus on sustainable farming practices and meticulous vineyard management, the winery has established itself as a leader in producing cool-climate varietals such as Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Rhône-style blends. Through a combination of innovation, passion, and respect for the land, Anaba Winery continues to push the boundaries of winemaking in Sonoma, creating wines that are both expressive and reflective of their surroundings.