2016 ANTHILL FARMS “SONOMA COAST” PINOT NOIR
I’ll always remember Anthill Farms as the micro-produced Pinot Noir that was kept hidden behind the counter at The Wine Shop. It was so completley under-the-radar that unless you overheard a conversation, or came across some inside information, most people wouldn’t have known it existed. The scarcity of this brand hasn’t changed much since then. Their first vintage in 2004 was just 8 1/2 barrels and now they produce around a dozen small-lot Pinot Noirs and a Chardonnay. The founders all met while working in the cellar at Williams-Selyem winery and they’ve been able to limit the brands exposure and produce absolutely brilliant wines. At $39.99 a bottle, don’t let this one scurry away.
Created from two of the coolest sites in the Sonoma Coast AVA, the first of which comes from the edge of the Petaluma Gap, and the second from a Ridge near the Pacific Ocean. While both locations are geographically distinct, they’re also linked by the direct influence of the Pacific’s cool, marine air. Both vineyards give the grapes a long, cool hang-time so they can develop profound flavors, but with enough acidity to keep them lively and fresh. If you love tiny production Pinot Noirs that won’t be found in your neighbors cellar, this one’s for you…
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