Anthill Farms is small artisanal winery producing some of California’s finest new wave Pinot Noirs. They source their grapes from outstanding vineyards along the Far Sonoma Coast of California and Mendocino County. Launched in 2004, the winery is a collaborative venture of three friends: Anthony Filberti, David Low, and Webster Marquez who met while working as “cellar rats” at the famed Williams-Selyem winery in Russian River Valley.
Anthill produces six single-vineyard Pinot Noirs and two appellation wines. While the wines reviewed here each reveal their unique terroir, they also share much in common. They are perfumed, fresh tasting, high in acidity, and elegant with judicious use of oak. Some also have beguiling notes of stems from partial whole cluster fermentation. All in all, they are magnificent wines exemplary of the new wave of Pinot Noirs being produced today along the coast in Sonoma County. For an in-depth look at Sonoma County and its wines see our upcoming Report # 44 The Wines of Sonoma November 2012.
Anthill wines are mainly sold through the winery’s mailing list in the Spring and Fall, but a small quantity is released to restaurants and wine shops. Anthill Farms winery is located on Dry Creek Road in Healdsburg. Tel: 707-385-9396
Anthill Farms 2012 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast ($30) 91 The Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast displays lovely ripe aromas of raspberry with a hint of toast. On the palate is has a soft texture, silky mouth feel, excellent balance and crisp acidity on the finish. The grapes are sourced from two cool coastal vineyards, one on the low coast west of Sebastopol on the edge of the Petaluma Gap, the other on the high coast in the far northern area.
Anthill Farms 2012 Pinot Noir Campbell Ranch Vineyard Sonoma Coast ($60) 93+ This is a gorgeous wine exhibiting a light ruby color and fragrant aromas of cherry and raspberry with a hint of herbs and toasted oak. Fermented with whole clusters, it reveals a palate of pure red berry fruit flavor with earth notes, a soft texture and a long persistent finish. The Campbell Ranch Vineyard is located near Annapolis at the fog line at 750 feet.
Anthill Farms 2012 Pinot Noir Peters Vineyard Sonoma Coast ($60) 92 The Pinot Noir Peters Vineyard displays a light ruby color and is intensely flavored with delicious red cherry fruit and hints of herbs and underbrush. It reveals great intensity of cherry fruit flavors, good acidity and a long finish. The vineyard is located outside Sebastopol on the edge of the Petaluma gap and is planted with Pommard and 777 Dijon clones.
Anthill Farms 2012 Pinot Noir Tina Marie Vineyard Green Valley ($60) 93 The Pinot Noir Tina Marie Vineyard offers pretty aromas of raspberry and cherry. It is delicate and refined on the palate exhibiting pure and delicious red berry flavors. An elegant wine with persistent and long lasting flavors on the finish. Tina Marie Vineyard is a low-yielding densely planted hillside vineyard in Graton.
Anthill Farms 2012 Pinot Noir Anderson Valley ($30) 89+The Pinot Noir Anderson Valley exhibits light raspberry aromas. It is light-bodied on the palate with fresh red berry fruit, high acidity, low alcohol, and a crisp finish. 13.5 alc.
Mike Potashnik and Don Winkler October 2014