10/27/16

Wine Time with Anomaly Vineyards – Napa’s Mighty Mite



This is a story about a bad commute…

Actually, I am here to talk grapes, but if not for the above mentioned commuting chaos, Anomaly Vineyards would not exist… 

The escape route led Steve and Linda Goldfarb away from above mentioned Bay Bridge commute to a house on the west side of St. Helena, getting away from the rat race to enjoy the vineyard views and find some relaxation.  Unbeknownst to the Goldfarbs, a 149-vine grape magnet was growing on the property.
Must…  make…  wine…
Steve and the grapes..!

Over time the irresistible siren call of wine prompted the acquisition of 8 prime CCOF certified acres planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, with some Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot sprinkled in.  Along with the 8 acres of vines, a diminutive but highly efficient 3-story winery was completed in the fall of 2002.  The cellar rooms are below ground, with the winery on the ground floor and offices located above.  Current production resides just over the 1000 case mark, with no plans to grow. 
And what, pray tell, are they producing at Anomaly Vineyards…?

How does a finely crafted Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend sound?  Credit goes to both the premium “Cabernet dirt”, as well as talented winemaker Mark Porembski, whose deft touch allows the terrior to speak through the wine.  Manning the helm since the ’05 vintage (Anomaly’s inaugural vintage was 1997), Mark honed his craft assisting at Behrens & Hitchcock on Spring Mountain.  The current 2013 release is 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc, with 1021 cases produced.
But wait...!  If you want to go a cut above, let’s talk Designation

Each vintage, Mark and the Anomaly team set aside the best barrels to create the classic expression of Anomaly Vineyards wine.  The 2013 vintage of Designation filled 9 barrels, thus 225 cases, of ultimate grape juice.  Uncommonly elegant and vibrant, this is a highly allocated wine, but well worth the effort to secure.
T.J. waxing philosophically on all things barrel...

A visit to Anomaly falls in the highly recommended category.  The engaging T.J. Shushereba is an entertaining and informative host, and the wines are finely honed gems.  You will likely be able to compare a couple vintages of the delicious Cabernet, and there may be a Designation sighting as well, if the stars are properly aligned. 

Napa’s mighty mite indeed…!
Cheers…





Marty Feldmann, The Connoisseur, is the highly sought after consultant who assists businesses and individual clients with the acquisition of the finer things life has to offer.  Whether you are planning a weekend getaway to wine country, selecting audio equipment to outfit your home, planning your dream vacation or purchasing your ultimate transportation, Marty is your personal connection to the good life…
Marty can be contacted at:   916.952.9529    Marty@ConnoisseurCorner.com




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