2010 Anthill Farms "Tina Marie Vineyard" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1090309 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Anthill’s 2010 Pinot Noir Tina Marie Vineyard shows the exuberance and flash of Russian River. A juicy Pinot, the 2010 stands out for its pliancy and generosity. The up-front style makes the Tina Marie a pure pleasure to drink young, although it doesn’t quite have the pedigree or complexity of the Campbell Ranch. No matter, though, it is striking just the same. A burst of sublime, perfumed fruit graces the finish in this exquisite Pinot. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2020. (AG)  (4/2013)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (12.6% alcohol): Bright red. High-pitched aromas of blackberry and cherry, with complicating notes of potpourri, spicecake and smoky minerals. Tight and energetic, offering a silky texture, intense red and dark fruit flavors, and a subtle lavender pastille quality. Gains flesh and heft with air but with no loss of vivacity or focus. Fine-grained tannins add shape to the spicy, penetrating, very long finish. (ST)  (5/2012)

Allen Meadows - Burghound

 An expressive nose blends soft herbal hints and floral nuances adding breadth to the mix of red and dark pinot fruit aromas. The supple, round and delicious middle weight flavors are carrying obvious gas on the finish and it helps considerably if the wine is decanted for 30 to 45 minutes first. This will need a few years to really harmonize but it already has lovely complexity and persistence plus I like the balance. Drink: 2016+  (1/2013)

K&L Notes

Former Williams Selyem winemakers David Low, Anthony Filiberti and Webster Marquez are the powerhouse winemaking team behind Anthill Farms, and they know a thing or two about Pinot Noir. Anthill Farms is a boutique producer that specializes in small-batch single vineyard and appellation Pinot sourced exclusively from small growers in Sonoma and Mendocino counties. 2010 marks their seventh vintage. "Tina Marie Vineyard" is located in the center of Green Valley AVA. It is a vineyard sought-after for its low yields of incredibly lush and perfumed fruit with high natural acidity. Winemakers' notes: "The nose is rich in exotic kirsch, violets, warm earth, and carnation. The wine's texture is lush and deep but very well-delineated by balanced acids. While charming now and perhaps our most accessible wine early on, the wine's focused length and chewy tannins will allow for years of aging."

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Varietal:

Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
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United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
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California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
Specific Appellation:

Alexander Valley/Russian River

- Among Sonoma County's northernmost appellations, the Alexander Valley AVA acts as a gateway to neighboring Napa to the east and Mendocino to the north. It is a sprawling appellation, with pockets of distinct microclimates and soils, and as such, is home to a variety of wine grapes and styles. Nearly everything grows in the Alexander Valley, though Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are the most widely planted grapes. The Russian River Valley lies to the south of Alexander Valley, and is marked by much cooler temperatures and frequently heavy fog. The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grown here are some of the state's finest and most sought-after. Aromatic whites like Gewürztraminer and Riesling can also be successful, and sparkling wine production has a long history in the area.