Antica Terra Pinot Noir Antikythera 2016 -- Suckling 99 Points
Regular price $165.00
Suckling 99 Points
Winemaker Maggie Harrison migrated to Oregon after a long stint at California's Sine Qua Non, an iconoclastic producer known for exceptionally bold wines that have garnered a long string of 100-point scores. Maggie now produces a variety of high-end pinot noirs here, with Antikythera being the top bottling (perhaps). This is dense, bold, concentrated, but also shows balance. This is fully extracted, but is in no way harsh or overdone. There are not many Oregon wines that combine such power and intensity while retaining such a sense of poise. This is meant for the cellar, so wait at least a couple of years.
From Suckling: "This is a selection of the estate-vineyard pinot noir that is planted on a solid sheet of parent rock. The nose is ebulliently fruited with intense, poached berries, as well as a pastry-like edge, flowers and stones, serving up what proves to be a deceptively charming, seductive impression. The palate arrives as a layered array of sheet-like tannins in very vertical form; the flavors have to climb up and across to be tasted and they are pristine, fresh cherries and red plums when they arrive. As the flavors abate, the stony, noble tannins remain like a rock face, just begging to be climbed again. Sheer brilliance. Hold for more than a decade, if you can."