Paso Robles AVA
Discover a small jewel in the Paso Robles wine region!
One of the tiniest garagiste wineries in the Central Coast region of Paso Robles, Anonimo Wine is a joint operation between winemaker Soren Christensen and his wife Sierra. The couple has long been involved in the Paso Robles wine industry and began Anonimo Wine in 2011 out of a desire to create something a little different than the norm. Anonimo crafts just 150 cases total each year, split between a Sangiovese-based Red Blend and a 100% Sangiovese Rosé.
Soren Christensen has been making wine in Paso Robles for over twenty years, starting at Hope Family Wines in 2000 and settling at Hearst Ranch Winery in 2015, where he is still the head winemaker today. He also spent time at the Rhône-variety based Alta Colina Winery along the way. Over the years, Soren has worked with some of the best vineyards in Paso Robles and he has become an outstanding winemaker in the world-class wine region.
Soren’s Anonimo brand (Anonimo means ‘anonymous’ in Spanish and Italian) epitomizes what the Paso Robles winemaking spirit is all about - a bit unconventional and experimental with a desire to go against the ‘norm,’ while still making fabulous wines that are exciting, expressive, and terroir-driven, showcasing the distinctive and exceptional landscape of the region. Soren says he selected the name ‘Anonimo’ because he and his wife had a difficult time finding a winery name that wasn’t already in use; so in turn, they decided to not have one at all and just be ‘anonymous.’
Soren and Sierra also decided to blend grapes together in an unexpected way for their Anonimo wines. For their 2016 Red Blend (this month’s featured wine), the couple selected Sangiovese from Paso Robles’ El Pomar District, Mourvèdre from the Adelaida District, and Petite Sirah from the Estrella District. The result is a unique mix of Italian and French varietals that play together to create a rustic and complex wine that is also incredibly food-friendly (a must for Soren and Sierra who spend a fair amount of time in the kitchen). Their personal favorite food pairing with the Anonimo 2016 Red Blend is rigatoni with a tomato-based meat sauce and crusty bread lightly toasted and drizzled with olive oil.
It is exciting to see winemakers such as Soren Christensen wanting to stand apart from the crowd and finding success with his distinctive, small-lot wines. Anonimo Wines is certainly a Garagiste producer to keep your eye on and we are excited for our Garagiste Wine Subscription members to experience this feature. Cheers!