2008 Anthill Farms Pinot Noir Anderson Valley
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This wine marks our third release of an Anderson Valley bottling. With this Pinot, we were looking to create a food-friendly, nuanced wine that represents the unique character of the Anderson Valley. Somewhat remote from most of Northern California's winegrowing districts, this valley is 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. The addition of the Abbey-Harris and Demuth vineyards to this blend's traditional backbone for 2008 created a quite unique wine, and one we feel is an excellent value.
The wine's nose opens with spicy aromas of carnation, heather, and forest floor. The mouth, fuller than in past vintages, is finely textured with concentrated flavors echoing the varied aromas with subtle hints of cola. These broad flavors are shaped by a balanced, intricate structure. This wine is an excellent representation of the generally high quality of the vintage in the area, despite the fires.