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Thursday, March 25, 2010

2006 Antica Terra Pinot Noir

Antica Terra is a Willamette Valley Pinot Noir that is made by Maggie Harrison, who was the assistant winemaker at the famed Sine Qua Non and apprenticed under Manfred Krankl for ten years. I'm sure she would like us to focus on the quality of her new wine and not so much the reputation of her previous employer and the wines she no longer makes.

Antica Terra is a 40 acre parcel located in Willamette Valley's Eola-Amity Hills AVA. The vineyard was originally planted in 1989, and when Maggie and her partners acquired the parcel in 2005 they began to further the develop the estate by updating the rootstock and fine tuning the clonal selections.

As for the availability of this wine in the retail market, I believe it's mailing list only.....??

On the nose I get a quite distinct Oregon "terroir" and soil component that is surrounded by hearty and rich fruit aromas of black cherry and raspberry pie. There's a salty-playdough type thing going on as well that I think is quite interesting. Reminds me a bit of certain Syrah's I've smelt......over-extraction perhaps?

On the palate the wine is rich, round, and massively extracted. The color alone gives you the impression that this wine was made with lots of skin contact and modern day winery techniques. The tannins are very prevalent still, but also quite silky in nature. Flavors of raspberry and cherry dominate proceedings and slight hints of soil and herb also linger about.

My initial impression with this wine is that it's well crafted. However, having tasted so much Willamette Valley Pinot Noir over the last few years, I'm confident in expressing that this wine is somewhat atypical of the regions natural intonation. Whereas most Oregon Pinot Noir relies on delicacy and grace, my opinion is that the tone of this wine is dictated by innovation. Cool stuff, but not my style. 87 points

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Scott said...

I got the same impression from an Erath 2006 Hyland Pinot that I had this weekend. It was really good, but lacked some of the finesse that great Willamette Valley pinots can have.

 
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