2009 Anthill Farms "Abbey-Harris Vineyard" Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1108118 93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 As is often the case, this is easily the most complex wine in the range with its highly layered nose of violets, plums, spice and dark pinot fruit aromas. There is a beguiling richness to the concentrated and extract-rich flavors that possess a velvety mouth feel where the shaping tannins are completely buried if not invisible, all wrapped in a serious, balanced, palate coating and built to age finish. In a word, terrific. *Outstanding*  (10/2011)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Deep ruby. An explosively perfumed bouquet displays cherry pit, black raspberry and potpourri scents, along with notes of incense and musky herbs. Deeply concentrated dark fruit flavors are given spine by tangy minerality and pick up exotic floral pastille and allspice qualities with air. Shows outstanding concentration and power as well as vivacity, finishing with solid grip and a persistent floral note. David Low told me that this was the wine that had to be handled the least of all. 'If a wine can make itself, this one proved it.' (ST)  (5/2011)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2009 Pinot Noir Abbey Harris is a big, structured wine that might easily be mistaken for a Barbaresco given its tannic heft. Sweet red cherries, mint, flowers and spices sit on a medium-bodied frame of notable elegance. As good as this is, the Abbey Harris needs at least a year in bottle for the tannins to soften. It is a beautiful wine, even if it isn’t what most California Pinot drinkers are likely to expect. Still, with time in the glass, the wine shows off its pedigree and sheer class. (AG) 92+  (2/2012)

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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.


- 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 gewürztraminer plus chardonnay and pinor noir, which are responsible for impressive and intense sparkling wines.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.7