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Anthill Farms Pinot Noir Campbell Ranch Sonoma Coast 2017  - First Bottle


93 Vinous -
A wine of total sensuality, the 2017 Pinot Noir Campbell Ranch brings together many of the elements that make the Anthill Farms Pinots so compelling. Sweet, pliant and enveloping, with lovely aromatic top notes, the Campbell Ranch has so much to offer. Pomegranate, blood orange, mint and rosewater give the 2017 a slightly exotic flair. There is so much to look forward to.
91 International Wine Report -
The Campbell Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noit from Anthill Farms begins with a classic bouquet of black cherries, sweet berries, dried spices, vanilla and violet which all come together beautifully. On the palate the fruit is vibrant and pure, with excellent precision and balance. This is an elegant red with a medium body supported by sweet spice and hints of dark chocolate shavings through the supple finish. While this is excellent today, it will certainly benefit from a year or two of bottle age and should continue to flourish over the next 7-10 years.

Technical Details

  • BlendPinot Noir
  • WinemakerWebster Marquez, Anthony Filiberti and David Low
  • CountryUS
  • RegionCalifornia North Coast
  • AppellationSonoma County
  • VineyardCampbell Ranch Vineyard

Anthill Farms Pinot Noir Campbell Ranch Sonoma Coast 2017

Pinot Noir  |  US
VN93, IWR91

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Anthill Farms is one of our favorites. Micro-productions, highly sought after, and sourced from the very best vineyards – these guys routinely hit all the marks when it comes to world-class pinot noir. This 93 POINT 2017 Campbell Ranch is one of my all-time favorites...and just singing right now!

Anthill Farms had its beginnings when three gents – Webster Marquez, Anthony Filiberti, and David Low met whilst working at the legendary Williams Selyem. They headed out on their own with a pinot-dominant portfolio that was an instant cult hit. The wines are the perfect marriage of old and new world style – plenty of fruit, and whispers of oak, all in harmony with elegant spice, earth, and herb notes. They evolve beautifully over time as well, as the flashiness of youth transforms into a deep and layered complexity over time in bottle. At six years young, this wine is probably just entering the midpoint of its journey, with another decade of viability left. Supremely delectable stuff that will outperform many $75+ pinots on the shelves today.

Campbell Ranch is a revered vineyard site, far out along the Sonoma Coast – only a couple miles from the Pacific Ocean in Annapolis, just a couple miles south of the Mendocino border. At just under 1000 feet in elevation, this site receives cooling influences and plenty of moisture from the daily marine layer – making for a long and slow ripening of the grapes, with plenty of flavors as the happy result. Concentration is achieved through a meager two tons per acre yield – especially small considering the lush Goldridge soils and perfectly mature, prime-of-their-life twenty-year-old vines. Delicate cherry and ripe strawberry notes kick things off, with an almost Pommard-esque profile of pomegranate, cranberry tea, hibiscus, and fresh mint. There is a savory, roasted herbs and iron ore characteristic that showcases the wine’s power, but extreme polish and elegance shine over all else. This might well be on the shortlist for best under $50 pinot noir I’ve had in years...our only wish is that we were able to secure more!

About the Producer

Anthill Farms was a dream that came into fruition when Webster Marquez, Anthony Filiberti and David Low were all working at Williams Selyem Winery. They all shared a similar love affair with Pinot Noir and its ability to communicate its sense of place. They started Anthill in 2004 and have since grown to include Syrah and Chardonnay in their portfolio, all the while staying small. They appreciate the beauty and complexity that is offered with their single-vineyard bottlings. They only sell to their mailing list but do leave a small amount for restaurants and wine shops.