90 points from StephenTanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Light, bright red. Vibrant redcurrant and strawberry aromas are enlivened by fresh rose, baking spices and zesty minerality. Impressively bright red fruit flavors are framed by silky tannins and given lift by tangy blood orange. Finishes juicy, fresh and long. These vines were planted in 1978." (May/June '08) This site is located in the bowl off of Worden Hill Rd. where it lies adjacent to Goldschmidt, Weber and Arcus vineyards. Planted in 1976, Ana was a purchased a few years ago by vineyard manager extraordinaire Andy Humphrey. In 2005 we were settling for a small portion of a block at the top of the hill and a larger parcel toward the bottom. In 2006 all of our fruit comes from the top of the hill (Block 5) which is the only portion of the vineyard we put into the very well-received 2005 bottling. Knowing people, being nice and (not so surprisingly) paying your bills on time (or early) goes a long way in this world. What separates Ana from its closest neighbor in the cellar, Goldschmidt Vineyard, is the expression of the fruit in the context of the wine's texture. Goldschmidt is the warmer site and leans toward wines that are intensely ripe and richly textured. Ana would be more accurately characterized as the more feminine, more pure, spicier and more subtle Pinot Noir. And while not a big prerogative of our winemaking the color on the Ana this year is as pure and vibrant of any wine we have ever made.
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