2012 Anthill Farms "Peters Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

SKU #1155563 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Vivid red. Sexy, floral red and dark fruit aromas, along with notes of vanilla, woodsmoke and potpourri. Shows sweet black raspberry and cherry-cola on the palate, with a spine of tangy acidity adding lift and focus. Distinctly elegant and vivacious, with smooth, slow-building tannins giving shape to the persistent, sappy finish, with the berry note echoing. (ST)  (6/2014)

91 points Vinous

 The 2012 Pinot Noir Peters Vineyard is laced with dark red cherries, spices, crushed flowers and pine. The style is open, soft and approachable, with gorgeous layers of fruit that build as the wine opens up in the glass. A silky, perfumed finish rounds things out. The 40% whole clusters are already nicely integrated. This is one of the more ethereal Pinots in the range. The 2012 was bottled in January 2014. (AG)  (2/2014)

91 points Wine & Spirits

 Peters Vineyard, near Sebastopol, faces directly into the brisk winds and fog of the Petaluma Gap—the Syrah and Pinot Noir here have produced some of Anthill’s most delineated wines. This shows the site’s exposure in herbal, rhubarb-toned fruit and the levity of its acidity; it also shows the ripeness of 2012 in its wild strawberry sweetness. Vinous and tangy, it’s ready to drink with wild mushroom risotto.  (10/2014)

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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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Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).