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Anthill Farms Campbell Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir 2019

    750ML / 13.3% ABV
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    750ML / 13.3% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    As usual, Campbell Ranch appears as the darkest, most intense ruby color in the glass. The nose showcases overripe raspberry, plum skin, cherry liquor, tea leaf, rose petal and citrus peel and subtle fresh mushroom. Over time, this fans out on the palate in flavors mirroring the nose. The texture in 2019 is far more structured than the past. Expressive right away however, like more of our wines, a little air goes a long wine. In Campbell’s case, with time and oxygen, this impactful, long wine changes into a more ethereal & perfumed experience that glides on the palate with a character specific to the northern Sonoma Coast/Annapolis AVA, and this site in particular. Much like Harmony Lane, this wine will give pleasure for many years and, like all of our wines, better even just after a couple more years in bottle. Although you won’t be disappointed by giving in now. Drink through 2035.

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    Anthill Farms is an exciting project that focuses on producing exceptional Pinot Noir from a broad range of North Coast vineyards. The properties are managed with intensive and meticulous farming practices, with minimal ecological impact. As for winemaking, there are two unchanging goals: to make wines that express the growing site and the characteristics of the vintage above all else, and to make wines that, simply put, taste good. These goals require gentle handling from crushing to bottling, judicious use of oak, and, perhaps most importantly, leaving the wine alone as much as possible. “We didn’t know whether the name was really great or really dumb,” admits Anthill Farms Winery partner Webster Marquez. “It came about because we’re all winemakers and people would see us all scrambling around trying to grab the same hose at once; they said it was like watching a bunch of ants.” This trio of ants—Marquez, Anthony Filiberti and David Low—met while working at Sonoma’s Williams Selyem. Says Marquez, “We realized that we have the same approach: using Pinot Noir—the most ‘transparent’ grape in the world—to communicate the way vineyards from cooler areas create distinctive wines.” The partners themselves farm many of the small plots where they buy their grapes, and the results of this labor of love are remarkably seductive wines that combine concentration and finesse. Now that the company has grown from producing 200 cases in 2004 to 1,800 this year, the trio’s work is becoming ever more demanding. Notes Marquez, “It’s a good thing we’re young and don’t need much sleep.” –Food & Wine Magazine’s “Most Promising New Winery” 2009

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    The Sonoma Coast AVA is large in area but, not counting overlapping regions like Russian River Valley, only has a few thousand acres of grapevines—and it’s no wonder. Much of the region is rugged and not easily accessible. Its proximity to the Pacific Ocean’s fog and cool breezes limits the varieties that can be cultivated, but it proves to be an ideal environment for high quality Pinot Noir.

    Since fog is a frequent fact of life here, as are heavy marine layers that sometimes bring rain, the best vineyards are wisely planted above the fog line, on picturesque ridges that capture enough sun to provide even ripening. That, with the overnight drop in temperature that reliably preserves acidity, results in fine expressions of Pinot Noir that often receive tremendous critic and consumer praise alike, and are often in high demand.

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    SKRUSANT4319_2019 Item# 746797

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