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2012 Antica Terra "Antikythera" Emola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir (1.5L)

SKU #1408841 95 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Bright violet color. An explosively perfumed bouquet evokes an array of ripe red and dark berry, floral pastille and incense scents, along with suggestions of cola, mocha and smoky minerals. Conveys a compelling blend of richness and vivacity on the palate, offering deeply concentrated black raspberry, cherry liqueur, spicecake and candied lavender flavors that spread out on the back half. Showy but also impeccably balanced, finishing with slowly arriving velvety tannins and remarkable clarity and cling. A star of this superb vintage, which isn't short of standout wines. (JR) Inner quote mark (10/2015)

93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Polished, rich and expressive, focused to a vivid beam of black cherry, blackberry and licorice, showing a hint of green tea as the finish lingers. Has presence, persistence and harmony. (HS) Inner quote mark (2/2016)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2011 Antikythera Pinot Noir was known as the Estate Pinot Noir until the 2009 vintage and is named after (and I quote winemaker Maggie Harrison here) an Ancient Greek computer (I would Google it...). It is the only wine made from Maggie's own vines on shallow soils in the Eola-Amity Hills and raised for 16 months. It has a sensual and quite voluptuous bouquet with pure black cherries and a light marine influence. The palate is medium-bodied with notes of brown sugar and fennel infusing the red and black fruit. It is very smooth in texture with sappy mulberry fruit that somehow reminds me of a fine Barolo. Interesting...very interesting. (NM) Inner quote mark (3/2015)

K&L Notes

From the winery: "The Antikythera Mechanism is a geared, bronze-age device that was used to calculate astronomical positions with incredible precision. Sponge divers recovered it from the Antikythera wreck, in 1900, off the coast of Point Glyphadia. It’s significance for us began as wordplay. While pronounced differently, Antikythera looks remarkably like Antica Terra. This similarity has become a way to understand the changing identity of our site. Since 2009, the site itself and the character of the wine it produces has been dramatically transformed. There is an expression of place that we could not imagine was possible before. Choosing the name Antikythera allowed us to link the wine to the history of the site while indicating that it was something completely different than what had come before."

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