2017 Anthill Farms Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, California (750ml)
The fruit for this delicious 2017 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir was sourced from two of the appellation's coolest areas: one on the 'low coast' at the edge of the Petaluma Gap and the other on the 'high coast' at the first ridges inland from the Pacific Ocean.
Grapes in both vineyards are heavily affected by the cool, marine air off the ocean and thus, don't achieve significantly high ripeness levels, making in turn for more restrained, elegantly-toned wines. That said, the nose is all about warming aromas of dusty cherry, sandalwood, nutmeg, white pepper and cedar even though the wine didn't see any new oak in its 18 months of barrel aging. The medium-bodied palate on the other hand, reveals the peaceful, restrained character one would expect from cool climate Pinot Noir with prettier flavors of cherry, red plum and a little black tea. Given that the wine ends on a note of sappy tannins balanced with a nice tang of acidity, it still finishes with a silky texture and elegant composure; just as we've come to expect from Anthill Farms.