Anthem reads like one of those supergroups from the 60s and 70s when some big-name stars got together to make music. In this case, it's to make super wine. Julie and Justin Arbuckle founded Anthem in 2009 intending to make Bordeaux style wines in Napa worthy of the comparison. They chose Mt. Veeder as their location, one of the most iconic appellations in Napa.
They hired German-born Jeff Ames as a winemaker, whose reputation for crafting wines of vision and beauty was legendary. Then they chose John Truchard as vineyard manager, whose family had grown grapes in Napa for over 35 years and sold grapes to none other than Stags Leap, Heitz, and the legendary Andre Tchelistcheff at Beaulieu Vineyards.
Many other people have begun with these lofty goals. Few with a lineup of superstars and even fewer have succeeded. But, the Arbuckle's have nailed it. We've tasted their wines over the years and have been literally flabbergasted with each one. We didn't have a way to feature them, now we do.
This is crafted in the style of white Bordeaux, featuring 77% Sauvignon Blanc and 23% Semillon. Although we eschew comparing wines from different continents, let's say that there is a thread of substance and character comparable to the high-priced spreads.
The minerality in the nose is astonishing. It is supported by flecks of white peach, a touch of fig, and a dash of spice. It's the perfect recipe for lobster thermidor or miso-poached black cod.