Sunday, April 10, 2016

Wine Club Review: WINESTYR Part 1, Anaba Sonoma Valley 2012 Turbine White

WINESTYR Wine Club, Anaba Sonoma Valley 2012 Turbine White

This is the first of three reviews for Winestyr, an online wine retailer and wine club based out of Chicago. In Part 1 I'll be talking about the service itself and reviewing Anaba Sonoma Valley 2012 Turbine White, in Part 2 (Sunday, April 17th) I'll be going over the actual package and reviewing Claypool Cellars Pachyderm Sonoma Coast 2012 Pinot Noir, and in Part 3 I review Colcanyon Estate Wines 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon and give my overall impression of their wine club.

Membership to the wine club starts at $75 a shipment at the time of this review's release. This is what they call the "Mix Club" with three bottles a shipment. If you want to up it to six bottles then the price goes up to $133. There's also an "All Reds Club" that only includes high end reds, and that will run you $99 for three and $179 for six. You don't have to get it monthly! You can totally only get shipments bimonthly or quarterly! Which makes it a far easier wine club to handle for those of us that have realistic bills on a "I'm not friggin rich, goddamnit" income.

Here's an important thing to note: they sent me their March or April three bottle "Mix Club" package. So these wines together would cost you $75 if you joined the wine club. HOWEVER!!! If you were to buy all three wines separately it would cost you $120 total. How's that for a deal?

"It is our mission to discover the country's best craft wines and bring them to you. These are real wines made by geniune people, not the mass-produced brands that overwhelm store shelves. We've personally met all of the producers we work with and tasted hundreds of wines; Winestyr is a collection of our favorites. We hope you enjoy each wine and that this shipment is the first of many. Cheers, John + Bob + Scott"

Even if you're not interested in the wine club, you should check out their website at WINESTYR.COM because they sell lots of excellent quality wines as individual bottles. One criticism I do have with their website is that I'm unable to search. Ya gotta be able to search!!! Ya gotta!!!

Let's move on and drink some wine! 

Anaba Sonoma Valley 2012 Turbine WhiteAnaba's mustached founder John Sweazey began his love of wine with a glass of Charles Krug Vin Rosé and started winemaking at home in the 1970's. It wasn't until 2003 that he was able to purchase vineyard land and start his own winery. Anaba is based out of Carneros and have vineyards planted throughout Sonoma. They specialize in Burgundian and Rhone style varietals and blends.

Their Turbine White is one of those Rhone style blends. It's 27% Grenache Blanc, 27% Viognier, 26% Marsanne, 20% Picpoul Blanc and has an ABV of 13.9%. Half of it was barrel fermented while the other half was stainless steel fermented. It spent 10 weeks on the lees and 11 months aging in 26% new French oak.

If you're a regular reader then you know that I, once a graphic artist, can't help but give a good look at the package. It's in a heavy, shaded Rhone bottle and the label is perfect! Simple and not too understated. Great use of white space and choice of fonts, and excellent use of a splash of gold leaf. See the wind turbine in the lower right corner? They have one! Anaba was the first winery in Northern California to use wind power! Thus: Turbine White.

The wine is a light gold in color. There's aromas of apple, orange peel, kiwi, white flowers and ginger. You know how the aroma of a wine can have a weight to it that lets you know the body is gonna have some weight too? Yeah, that. In the mouth it's full bodied, chalky in mouthfeel, with acidity balanced by the body and a flicker of fieriness. There's flavors of ginger, apple and tangarine and it finishes with apple and white pepper.

It's such a delicious, bold white with fun yet distinguished complexities. I'd love to try this same vintage in two to three years! I can just feel that it'll be a smooth, lanolin beauty!

So far, with one out of three down, Winestyr is looking good! As an individual bottle this wine will cost you $28 and I totally recommend it for that price. CHECK OUT WINESTYR.COM!

Price: $28
Rating: 4/5 = Recommended (what does that mean?)

The bottle used was supplied free of charge for the purpose of this review. To have your wine reviewed follow this link.


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