With this Pinot, the winemakers look to create a food-friendly, nuanced wine that represents the unique character of the Anderson Valley. Somewhat remote from most of Northern California’s wine-growing districts, this valley shelters 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.
2015 was a well-balanced, polished vintage, and the Anthill Farms Anderson Valley is a sleek and composed exemplar of the year. This wine is always impressively aromatic, and vivid notes of rose hip and mandarin peel leap out of the glass. The mouthfeel is tightly knit and initially quite shy, though soon concentrated flavors of red fruits and fresh-cut chanterelle enrich and broaden the mid-palate. The finish, at turns intricately structured and unusually generous, is given length and focus by linear acidity. Drink 2018-2022 and onward.