2010 Antica Terra "Botanica" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir (1.5L)

SKU #1146015 94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Vivid ruby-red. Pungent, exotically perfumed bouquet evokes dried red fruits, cherry pit, anise and medicinal herbs. Sappy, penetrating redcurrant and bitter cherry flavors gain sweetness with air and show a suave, velvety texture. A spicy nuance adds bite to the impressively long, sweet finish. I also had the chance to retaste the 2009 Botanica, which is showing extremely well right now but has the depth to suggest that it will continue to drink well over the coming decade. By all means decant it if you can't resist opening a bottle now. (JR)  (7/2012)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 'For this cuvee we go through looking for barrels that lean more toward opulence and darker, more confitured fruit,' explains Nate Ready by way of introducing Antica Terra's 2010 Pinot Noir Botanica, whose de facto origins however are Shea Vineyard (which also formed the core of previous Botanica bottlings) and Old School Vineyard (a cool site at the southern extreme of the Willamette; in fact, not that far north of Eugene). Candied cherry, cassis and marzipan make for a confectionary aura that surprised me in a wine of only 13.3% alcohol, not to mention from this vintage. There is however a core of bright, juicy freshness to the fruit here such as would greatly have benefitted the corresponding “regular” bottling; and the oak seems a more appropriate and discreetly-integrated frame, its spice and caramelization complimenting the sweetness of fruit. Hints of cherry pit and bitter herbal concentrate, together offer welcome counterpoint to the sucrosity of a lingering finish. (DS)  (8/2012)

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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.

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.


- Highly touted for its Pinot Noirs, Oregon is part of the up-and-coming winemaking industry in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Most of Oregon is directly affected by the climate coming off of the Pacific Ocean, giving it mild winters and wet summers. This makes it a difficult place to ripen grapes, but some say that the harder grapes have to struggle, the more complex they will turn out to be. Chardonnay and Pinot Gris are two important and successful grapes grown in Oregon.