Anthill Farms Winery

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 vineyard sites and the successful triumvirate prefer to keep their influence out of the limelight. Their aim as winemakers is a minimalist approach to allow the vineyards to express themselves. 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 creatures but there is a feeling that they have filled out in style over the past five years. The grapes for the Sonoma Coast wine come from two of the coolest, most coastal parts of the appellation, one to the west of Sebastopol on the edge of the Petaluma Gap and the other further north on the first and second ridge in from the ocean. Tina Marie lies in the heart of the Green Valley appellation. The small yields come from the dense planting by vineyard owner Ron Black. Campbell Ranch is just a few miles from the Pacific, lying at 750 feet and is farmed by Steve Campbell. It is a cool, edgy, late ripening site. `Anthill Farms is on a roll. Anthony Filiberti seems to have the magic touch when it comes to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, as these new (2013) releases are brilliant.` Antonio Galloni, Vinous, January 2015

Winemaker: Anthony Filiberti, David Low, W.Marquez

Parcels:
Abbey-Harris
Campbell Ranch
Comptche Ridge
DemuthPeter’s

Website: www.anthillfarms.com

Wines

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  • "The 2016 Pinot Noir Abbey Harris Vineyard is one of the most powerful and tightly wound wines in the range. Layers of fruit are wrapped around a spine of tannin in this hugely promising Pinot. Even though the wine is still recovering from its recent bottling, there is more than enough complexity to make me think all it needs is time. -- Antonio Galloni 93+ "

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    With this Pinot, Anthill Farms look to create a food-friendly, nuanced wine that represents the unique character of the Anderson Valley. Somewhat remote from most of Northern California’s wine-growing districts, this valley shelters a surprisingly harmonious blend of the wild and the civilized. in one vista, one can see sheep ranches, redwood groves, apple orchards, and impenetrable oak scrub.

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    "The 2016 Pinot Noir Campbell Ranch Vineyard opens with a serious burst of fruit. There is terrific depth and intensity, but today the oak is showing a bit more prominently than is typically the case with the Anthill Pinots. The 33% whole clusters are not at all evident. The Campbell Ranch has quite a bit of potential. -- Antonio Galloni 93+"

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    "The 2016 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast) is endowed with terrific depth in this vintage. Beautifully expressive and resonant, the 2016 offers notable richness in its succulent red cherry, plum and spice nuances. This open-knit, juicy Pinot will drink well with minimal cellaring. This is a fabulous appellation-level Pinot. -- Antonio Galloni 92 "

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    "The 2016 Pinot Noir Tina Marie Vineyard is a wine of subtlety and finesse. Lifted and understated, the Tina Marie is beautifully persistent on the palate, with pretty floral and savory notes that give the wine its aromatic top notes. Bright red cherry, plum and rose petal linger in this mid-weight, tightly wound wine. -- Antonio Galloni 91"