Your Wednesday wine: Anaba Chardonnay from Sonoma

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Anaba’s tasting room in a renovated hundred-year-old farmhouse overlooks the estate vineyards. (Image courtesy of

ANABA produces high-quality, small-batch wines with a French focus. It’s in Western Carneros in California’s Sonoma County. Never heard of it? Well now you are hearing about it. The tasting room is in a quaint, renovated farmhouse just outside the town of Sonoma — a place to put on your list the next time you are in the area. Anaba — pronounced ANNA-ba, is named for the anabatic winds that pervade the area. They are cool, upward-flowing winds like the ones glider pilots seek. They serve the vines by slowing down the ripening of the grapes giving them more time to develop robust flavors. In 2009 Anaba became the first Northern California winery to utilize wind power. Owner John Sweazey had a 45-foot-tall wind turbine installed on the property to power the tasting room and cellar, and this year he added an electric car charging station. Anaba has it’s own estate vineyard and sources grapes from some very noted growers. With two winemakers — Ross Cobb and Katy Wilson — Anaba is the 40-year dream come true for John Sweazey to produce great wine and does he ever. Critics think so too. In Metro Detroit, Simply Wine in Northville sells the Anaba Sonoma Coast Chardonnay, and Streetside Seafood in Birmingham pours it by the glass.

Anaba Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 2013, $28: This golden beauty is so nuanced with flavors, structure, texture. It’s a delicate wine with aromas of lemon and orange woven with spicy oak. In the mouth, the acidity is juicy, the mouthfeel is creamy, the flavors burst with tropical fruit, golden apple and a touch of spice. It’s sourced off prime vineyards in Sonoma including the famous Dutton Ranch and Sangiacomo. Grapes are whole-cluster pressed and fermented in a combination of oak and stainless steel. It gets nine months in French oak. It’s perfectly delicious.

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