Anaba Chardonnay 2007
An elegant style, with ripe, creamy floral honeysuckle, pear and honeydew melon flavors that glide across the palate, followed by a long, full finish. Drink now through 2011.
Get ready to welcome the new kid on the block. Anaba is a new, limited-production winery in Sonoma. It is making both Rhône and Burgundian varieties, and if this Chardonnay is an indication, Anaba will specialize in balanced, rich yet mannerly wines. This one combines a fresh apple, almost Gala apple perfume with the more complex notes of roasted grains and creme brulee, and it is both slightly oily and bright and energetic on the palate. Its finish is a touch simple and ragged at this point, but time is clearly on its side, and we would not be afraid to lay this one down for at least two or three years.
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