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Antica Terra “Antikythera” Pinot Noir 2019

(Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, OR) $175

We’ve tasted a slew of sensational Oregon Pinot Noirs in our recent office tastings. Here’s another one I couldn’t wait to tell you about. Antica Terra is a small artisanal producer that dances to the beat of its own drummer. The winemaker Maggie Harrison has a golden touch, for this is a beautifully rich Pinot that rushes at you in waves of flavor—spices, wet black earth, juicy red fruits, bitter dark chocolate, plus an electrical current of minerals that race through the wine. The “energy” is simply captivating. I always feel as if great Pinot pulls you into it, and that’s what happens here. Lastly, like just about everybody else, I had to google Antikythera to find out what it referred to. It turns out that an Antikythera is an ancient Greek instrument considered the oldest example of an analog “computer,” and was used to predict astronomical positions and eclipses.  I wonder if it could have predicted that Antica Terra’s terroir would produce something as delicious as this. (12.8% abv)

96 points KM

Available at Antica Terra Winery

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