Bottle Notes, Pinot Noir

2009 Antica Terra Pinot Noir – Bottle Notes

Antica Terra is an 11-acre estate in the Eola-Amity Hills of Willamette Valley. It was founded by John Mavredakis, Scott Adelson and Michael Kramer, who in 2005 convinced winemaker Maggie Harrison to join them. Harrison had been assistant winemaker to legendary Manfred Krankl of Sine Qua Non. Antica Terra makes Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Rose. Maggie has gained further acclaim with Lillian, which is one of the very best domestic Syrahs.

Ruby red in color. 13.5% ABV. Dark fruits, earth, mint, roses and mineral on the nose. Sappy fruit with medium body and nice acidity. Black cherry, cola, mushroom, stones, strawberry and a touch of leather on the palate. Polished wine with silky tannins. The finish is long and spicy. Drink over the next 2-4 years.

My rating: 91 points.

The 2011 version will be released this Spring and likely cost about $50. Delicious but pricy. Proceed accordingly.

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