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Tuesday, November 01, 2011

ANTICA TERRA NAMED THE #1 INTERNATIONAL PINOT NOIR

ANTICA TERRA’S 2009 ESTATE GROWN PINOT NOIR RELEASED TODAY WAS JUST NAMED THE #1 INTERNATIONAL PINOT NOIR IN TASTING LED BY TIM ATKIN IN LONDON

WILLAMETTE VALLEY, OREGON, November 1, 2011 – The Antica Terra 2009 Estate Grown Pinot Noir was just selected as the top wine in a London tasting last week (Oct 28) with 40 Pinots from around the world. Tim Atkin (MW) was the Chairman for the Wines of Germany International Tasting and compiled a list of the top Pinot Noir producers to include. The wines were judged by an esteemed panel of experts including Atkin, Jancis Robinson MW, Hamish Anderson, Xavier Rousset MS, Peter McCombie MW, Gearoid Devaney MS, Neal Martin, Christine Parkinson and Anthony Rose.

The 2009 Estate Grown Pinot ($100, 750ml) is officially being released today and is winemaker Maggie Harrison’s first wine made with grapes grown entirely on the Antica Terra vineyard. The Antica Terra 2009 Chardonnay ($50, 750ml) is Harrison’s first Chardonnay and is also being released today. Both wines are extremely limited production with a total of just 146 of the Estate Pinot and 139 cases of the Chardonnay.

“Winemaking, especially in the Northwest, requires a great deal of flexibility, tolerance of unpredictability – and the enjoyment of things heretofore unknown,” says Harrison, whose approach to winemaking is informed by the notion that beauty is conveyed in the accumulation of minute human actions. She believes the quality of the wine will be determined by her combined interaction with fruit and vine; the more moments spent working with the wine in a thoughtful and sensitive way, the more nuanced, graceful and profound the results will be.

In the Antica Terra process, clusters and individual berries are meticulously hand sorted at less than one ton per hour. The wines are fermented naturally, manually punched down and tread by foot, siphoned and bucketed into barrel by hand, never settled and aged on the lees before being bottled without fining or filtration.

About Antica Terra
Antica Terra is located on 40 acres of rocky hillside in the Eola-Amity Hills. Vines were first planted here in 1989 in a clearing within the oak savannah, a place carefully prepared amid the fractured mixture of sandstone and alluvium sown with fossilized oyster shells. Antica Terra’s recent history started with the arrival of co-owner and winemaker Maggie Harrison, who moved to Oregon in 2005 from Ventura County where she had spent the previous eight years (1998-2005) making syrah at the iconic Sine Qua Non winery.

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