2010 Anthill Farms "Abbey-Harris" Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1108116 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright red. Spicy, heady aromas of candied raspberry and blood orange are complicated by suave Asian spice and pungent floral nuances. Broad, sappy red berry flavors pack a serious punch and are nicely firmed by refreshingly bitter herbal and peppery spice notes. Impressively concentrated yet lithe Pinot, finishing with superb clarity and persistence. (ST)  (5/2012)

92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 As it has been virtually every year since I have been reviewing the Anthill wines, this sports the most complex and most complete nose in the range with its pure red berry, floral, spicy and discreetly earthy aromatic profile. The equally pure, intense and utterly delicious middle weight flavors also possess impressive complexity, all wrapped in a balanced, impressively persistent and vibrant finish. I very much like the texture as there is both fine mid-palate concentration as well as relatively fine-grained tannins that contribute to the overall sense of harmony. If there is a nit it's that there is A barely detectable hint of warmth, though if the proper serving temperature is maintained it is largely a non-issue. *Outstanding*  (1/2013)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A fascinating and totally intriguing wine, the 2010 Pinot Noir Abbey Harris is laced with an attractive melange of dark red cherries, tobacco, smoke and licorice, all supported by the slightly firm tannins that are typical of the site. This is an unusual Pinot in that the fruit lies more in the background, while intensely savory notes dominate. Hints of dried flowers and crushed herbs reappear on the finish. This is another beautiful, highly pleasing Pinot from Anthill Farms. (AG)  (4/2013)

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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 Sp├Ątburgunder 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.


- 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.
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Anderson Valley/Mendocino

- Cooled by the nearby ocean and the seemingly omnipresent bank of oceanic fog, this picturesque wine region is home to a wealth of cool-climate grapes like riesling and gew├╝rztraminer plus chardonnay and pinor noir, which are responsible for impressive and intense sparkling wines.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.8