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2010 Antica Terra "Botanica" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1146014 94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark 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. Inner quote mark (7/2012)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark '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. I suspect this will be worth returning to over at least a 6-8 year period. There are 374 cases, incidentally – more than twice as much as of the corresponding estate bottling. Inner quote mark (8/2012)

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