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2011 Antica Terra "Botanica" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1208553 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark From barrels selected blind under the aspects of inter alia density, dark fruit, and florality, the Antica Terra 2011 Pinot Noir Botanica ended up being sourced nearly half from Shea Vineyard (the core of previous Botanica bottlings, too) along with Old School Vineyard (a cool site in the extreme South Willamette) and Antica Terra itself. Cranberry and red currant combine with wild ginger, sassafras and iris root for a mouth-shaking Pinot of pungently penetrating intensity, cut and energy, its tart-edged bright juiciness picking up cyanic and smoky piquancy reminiscent of the corresponding 'Ceras' bottling in a finish of ringing clarity. (DS) Inner quote mark (10/2013)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Vivid ruby-red. A heady, complex bouquet evokes black raspberry, cherry-cola, Asian spices and dried rose. Sweet and penetrating, with impressively pure red and dark berry flavors lifted by zesty acidity and a hint of allspice. Intensely flavored but surprisingly elegant, with strong finishing punch and smooth, even tannins adding shape. This sexy Pinot has great upfront appeal, especially for fruit freak, but I'd be stashing mine away for a few more years, at a minimum. (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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