2011 Antica Terra - Pinot Noir "Ceras" Willamette Valley
Wine Advocate: 92 Points
"Antica Terra’s 2011 Pinot Noir Ceras – the inaugural vintage for this cuvee, or at least under this name – is blended with a nose for achieving (in Harrison’s words) “minerality and delicacy, (and something) more herbal than floral. We do the blending completely blind,” she adds, “and only then discover which sites and lots we chose.” Close to half of the fruit for this 2011 came from Antica Terra; 20% from Shea; and the balance from Cherry Grove and Highland. Strongly marrowy as well as smoked meat characteristics vie with vintage-typically tart-edged sour cherry and red currant, black tea and toasted oak resin adding additionally smoky nuances. Firm in feel and persistently satisfyingly juicy, this draws on fruit pits, toasted shrimp shells and iodine for piquant finishing counterpoint and mouthwatering savor. It should be fascinating to follow through at least 2018, and hopefully well beyond."
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