Anthill Farms Winery Feature

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Anthill Farms

A word from Sam Clarke, USA Buyer

Anthony, David and Web first crossed paths whilst working at Williams-Selyem as cellar rats in 2003. From this friendship Anthill Farms was born and in 2004 eight and a half barrels were made. Success was virtually instantaneous with Allen Meadows (Burghound) giving the 2005 Abbey-Harris 95 points and a stunning review. One element that hasn’t changed since that time is the emphasis on the importance of vineyard sites with the owners and farmers of those sites keeping themselves very much in the background. Their aim as winemakers is to allow the vineyards to express themselves, so their approach is minimalist. If there has been a change in recent years then perhaps it is that the wines have a little more stuffing to them. They remain delicate beasts but there is a feeling that they have filled out in style over the past five years. We are always thrilled to offer their wines and see how they continue to grow.



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Anthill Farms - The Vineyards

Like many American wineries, Anthill Farms sources grapes from multiple vineyards - where they differ, however, is that they typically have vineyard contracts that allow them to be hands-on in managing and farming the vineyards themselves, or alongside the owners. 

Abbey-Harris Vineyard

"This two-acre vineyard sits at 900 to 1100 feet, facing south above the town of Boonville in the Anderson Valley. Its soils are part of the Wolfey-Bearwallow complex: roughly half the vineyard has very pale, sandy soil mixed with pink quartz, while the other half has more organic matter as well as large shale outcroppings. We continue to farm and manage the vineyard with able help from owners Dona Abbey and Dan Harris."

Baker Ranch Vineyard

"Baker Ranch sits deeper in the Anderson Valley west of the hamlet of Philo, up above the virgin redwood groves of Hendy Woods. The vineyard sits on a mid-elevation east-facing slope on the south side of the valley, on very shallow slate-based soils of the Casabonne-Wohly complex. The soils have a high mineral content and an unusually high pH for California. The vines themselves were planted almost twenty years ago; they are rigorously farmed by the Baker family."

Campbell Ranch Vineyard

This vineyard is located a few miles from the Pacific Ocean, near the tiny town of Annapolis, and is farmed by Steve Campbell. At approximately 750 feet above sea level, it sits right at the boundary of the marine layer, ensuring that the cool, coastal climate delays ripening well beyond the warmer vineyards to the east. The two-decade-old vines grow on sandy, low-vigor Goldridge soil, which helps reduce yields to near two tons per acre.

Comptche Ridge Vineyard

This remote vineyard is located in a small natural clearing above the town of Comptche, just inland from the northern Mendocino County coast. Owned and managed by the Weir family, Comptche Ridge is dry-farmed on a complex mix of fine sandy-clayey Franciscan soils, and is ringed completely by high redwoods and Douglas-fir. This vineyard is planted primarily to Swan clone.

Demuth Vineyard

This vineyard, at 1400-1600 feet, is only a mile up the road from Abbey-Harris and shares similar, though less rocky, soils. Our two blocks function like two vineyards: the terraced rows of the Wädenswil clone form one section, while the Pommard block sits on a shelf a bit lower down the slope. The afternoon winds, cool temperatures, and over 30-year-old vines create a wine of great depth and perfumed elegance. This vineyard is farmed by Anthony and Knez Winery.

Peters Vineyard

Randy Peters and his father-in-law, Tom Mukaida, farm this vineyard outside of Sebastopol in western Sonoma County. The southern slopes of these hills form the northern edge of the Petaluma Gap, which rushes cool, marine air from the Pacific Ocean inland. The vines, a mix of Pommard and 777 planted over thirty years ago, produce grapes that ripen unusually slow due to the oft-present morning fog.

 
Tina Marie Vineyard

This site lies in the heart of the Green Valley appellation, on the corner of Green Valley and Maddocks Roads. Owner and manager Ron Black had the foresight to plant this hillside very densely to create more vine competition and lower yields. This approach delivers an intoxicating combination of lushness and poise to the wines from this site.

 


 
2015 Peters Vineyard Syrah
Anthill Farms Winery
Buy here for £318 per 12 in bond

`The Syrah Peters Vineyard is always the more lifted and aromatic of the two Anthill Farms Syrahs, as it is again in 2015. Inky fruit, black pepper, mint and violet overtones are given an extra kick of brightness from a dollop of co-fermented Viognier that is in the blend.` 95 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous

 

2013 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Anthill Farms Winery
Buy here for £335 per 12 in bond

`The team at Anthill Farms makes an interesting range of Pinot Noirs and some seductive cool-climate Syrah. This offers tart wild plum, rhubarb and cranberry fruit tones mingle in this juicy, vibrant Pinot Noir that displays crisply refreshing acidity and supple tannin. Rather gulpable and attractively delicate.` 90 points, William Kelley, Decanter

 
2013 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
Anthill Farms Winery
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"From the relative wilderness of the northerly Anderson Valley, this shows tart redcurrant and Morello cherry with a lovely marzipan edge on the nose. Concentrated, bright fruit is almost iridescent on the palate, with shimmering nuances of freshness and an edge of brooding elderberry anchored in a fine gauze of tannin. This is both punchy and elegant. Drinking Window 2020 - 2030" 93 points, Anne Krebiehl MW, Decanter 

 

2013 Baker Vineyard Pinot Noir
Anthill Farms Winery
Buy here for £420 per 12 in bond

`Greeting you with a clean and pure mineral freshness, this is a beautiful and beguiling Pinot with a pure raspberry coulis richness and succulent tannins. Goes with duck and mild game.` 92 points, The Wine Gang

 
2014 Tina Marie Vineyard Pinot Noir
Anthill Farms Winery
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`The 2014 Pinot Noir Tina Marie Vineyard is one of the most expressive wines in the lineup. Intensely aromatic and layered, the 2014 fills out its frame with striking perfume and layers of deep, fleshy fruit. Bright saline notes add energy, while savory overtones add lift. This is a strong and very complete Pinot from Anthill Farms. The whole clusters are evident, but not obtrusive.` 93 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous


2015 Comptche Ridge Pinot Noir

Anthill Farms Winery
Buy here for £456 per 12 in bond

`The 2015 Pinot Noir Comptche Ridge Vineyard is one of the most complete of these wines. Fresh, vibrant and nuanced, the 2015 possesses striking energy. Veins of supporting salinity give Comptche Ridge its signature energy and tension. Often one of the more intriguing wines in the range, the Comtpche Ridge is once again terrific.` 93 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous

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