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2011 Antica Terra "Ceras" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1208552 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Antica Terra’s 2011 Pinot Noir Ceras – the inaugural vintage for this cuvee, or at least under this name – is blended with a nose for achieving (in Harrison’s words) “minerality and delicacy, (and something) more herbal than floral. We do the blending completely blind,” she adds, “and only then discover which sites and lots we chose.” Close to half of the fruit for this 2011 came from Antica Terra; 20% from Shea; and the balance from Cherry Grove and Highland. Strongly marrowy as well as smoked meat characteristics vie with vintage-typically tart-edged sour cherry and red currant, black tea and toasted oak resin adding additionally smoky nuances. Firm in feel and persistently satisfyingly juicy, this draws on fruit pits, toasted shrimp shells and iodine for piquant finishing counterpoint and mouthwatering savor. (DS) Inner quote mark (10/2013)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Bright ruby-red. Sexy, floral- and spice-accented aromas of red berry liqueur and potpourri, with a hint of vanilla in the background. Silky and precise, offering energetic raspberry and floral pastille flavors and a touch of dusty minerals. Finishes lively, focused and long, with resonating spiciness, a hint of anise and slow-building tannins. (JR) Inner quote mark (7/2013)

K&L Notes

Antica Terra is a rugged 40-acre parcel nestled in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA of the Willamette Valley. Winemaker Maggie Harrison makes the most of this vineyard, which sits on a gently sloping hillside of shallow, well-drained soil, underlain by sandstone and siltstone and formed from old alluvium, the ancient earth for which this producer is named.

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