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2012 Antica Terra "Botanica" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1181668 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2012 Pinot Noir Botanica is Maggie Harrison's more fruit-driven take on Pinot Noir, instigated after she noticed a difference with a small number of barrels in her debut 2007 vintage. It has more sappy, "sanguine" red fruit compared to the Botanica, to use her own vernacular. It has a very pure bouquet that offers gorgeous wilted violet and seaweed scents that combine beautifully with the black fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with notes of candied orange peel, dark plum, molasses and a hint of fennel. It is extremely well balanced with very fine acidity and real tension toward the finish. This is another outstanding wine from Antica Terra. Drink through 2030. (NM) Inner quote mark (3/2015)

93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Bright ruby. Sexy, spice-laced aromas of blackberry, cherry-cola, incense and pungent flowers, with a smoky element building in the glass. Expansive, deeply pitched red and dark berry liqueur flavors coat the palate, displaying excellent clarity and lift. Finishes with outstanding clarity and thrust, with supple tannins framing the wine's lush fruit. (JR) Inner quote mark (10/2015)

92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Gritty tannins underlie juicy red berry, floral and spice flavors that pop through the texture and persist into a lively finish. Shows intensity and grace. (HS) Inner quote mark (2/2015)

K&L Notes

This is from an 11-acre vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills appellation of Willamette Valley, famed for its capacity to produce exquisite, brooding Pinot Noir. From the winery: "Botanica is always sappy and sanguine with a taste of wild rose, sour cherries, and blood orange. It is tempting to define them solely by their compelling texture and lush personality, but there is a structural element that is equally striking. This balance between extraordinarily concentrated fruit and intense levels of extract is the essence of the wine."

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