Anomaly Vineyards2003 Cabernet Sauvignon
(St. Helena ~ Napa Valley)
Anomaly is located at the base of the western hills of the Napa Valley in the town of St. Helena and is owned by Steve and Linda Goldfarb (no relation). The winemaker is Mark Porembski, who sourced the fruit for this wine from the Bella Vista Vineyard and from five acres of the Indee’s Vineyard, both located in St. Helena. The Bella Vista site, east and adjacent to the winery, was planted nine years ago, and is Clone 7. Indee’s Cabernet was first planted in 2000 and is clones 4 and 337. Indee’s also contributed the Franc and Petit Verdot in this blend.
Here we have a wine with lovely and perfumed aromas, which translate to a silky, elegant mix that is round and smooth. Hold onto it for a year and then drink it over the next dozen.
For this wine, Porembski also utilized 100 percent Margaux-style French oak (although I’m not sure how much was new). The listed alcohol is 14.2 percent, and there were just 740 cases made.
Reviewed June 21, 2006 by Alan Goldfarb.
Alan Goldfarb has been writing about and reviewing wine for 17 years. His reviews have been published in the St. Helena Star, San Jose Mercury, San Francisco Examiner, Decanter, and Wine Enthusiast, among others. Not once has he used a point system, star system, or an iconic symbol to quantify a wine. What counts in Mr. Goldfarb’s criteria when judging a wine is: how it tastes in the glass; is it well-constructed; its food compatibility; and presence of redeeming regional attributes.