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2011 Antica Terra Pinot Noir Rosé Erratica

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2011 Antica Terra Pinot Noir Rosé Erratica

Case of 12 Bottles - Standard - 750ml

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The Antica Terra 2011 Rose Erratica has easily digested the considerable contingent of new wood in which it ferments on the skins for a week before being racked to older barrels. What there is of oak-engendered character here is a spiciness that marries very nicely with this wine’s bittersweet and energetic personality. Juicy sour cherry and blood orange are infused with verbena, rose petal, tangerine rind and toasted shrimp shells for a delightful accentuation of the tart and piquantly citrus oil characteristics as well as the mouthwatering saline savor that I associate with many (red) 2011 Pinots. Who knows how this dramatically distinctive wine will evolve in bottle, but I’m sure it will be fun to employ and follow over at least the next 2-3 years. (Regrettably, this wine’s clever name was not legally protected by the winery, permitting somebody else to do so; and now they’re going to have to come up with another.) Maggie Harrison – for much more about whose background and Antica Terra vineyard consult my Issue 202 introduction – found herself utilizing very little whole cluster and stems in 2011 (but then for lots that found their way into her flagship estate bottling), a decision based not just on her assessment of and intuitions about the vintage, but also on the result of separate triage to which she subjects any clusters she is contemplating leaving whole. She continues to favor fermentation (and eventually also elevage) in very small lots. “If I cared about efficiency, I’d do things on a bigger scale and put six tons into a six ton fermenter. But I favor extreme inefficiency, and six tons could turn into 6-10 vessels,” Harrison explains, “so that I can feel connected to it,” especially in working the cap, but also for the sake of experimentation, close attention and flexibility. I got considerable mileage over the past year – beginning with the general introduction to my inaugural Issue 2020 Oregon report – out of Harrison’s impassioned and (for me, anyway) inspiring plea for an adventurous spirit in matching non-Pinot vines to the Willamette, a plea she uttered in connection with the decision of her team – after extensive research, travel and tasting – to plant Godello. I’d be remiss not to follow up with the news that the Pinot in this impressively rocky and commanding as well as geologically mysterious Eola-Amity Hills site will soon also have some Altesse and Chenin keeping it company!

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The one that changed everything, occurred in the midst of a nervous breakdown, after a bout with malaria, on an island off the coast of Kenya. In this moment, facing her traveling companion's request to “put down her beer and get serious,” doubting her ability to return to Chicago and begin her career in conflict resolution, Maggie Harrison decided to become a winemaker. This simple decision, incredible luck, and her own tenacity sent her to Ventura County where she landed, without any experience, the holy grail of winemaking apprenticeships. Maggie worked for nine wonderful and life changing vintages under the tutelage of Elaine and Manfred Krankl at the iconic winery Sine Qua Non. In 2004, at Manfred’s urging, she started her own Syrah project called Lillian. At this point she could see the rest of her life unfolding clearly before her. She and her husband Michael would settle down in Santa Barbara and raise a family. She would tend to the barrels at Sine Qua Non and make tiny amounts of her own exquisite Syrah on the side. But her well-laid plans were not to be. This all changed in 2005, when Scott Adelson, John Mavredakis and Michael Kramer, three friends on a search for land, visited Antica Terra. Over the years, they had collaborated on countless projects but had always dreamed of starting a vineyard together. This was not the first time they had visited a piece of land with this dream in mind, but something was different this time. It’s hard to say if it was the subtle breeze from the ocean, the majestic stands of oak, or the fossilized oysters hiding among the boulders, but they knew immediately that this was the property they had been looking for. When Scott, John and Michael asked her to become the winemaker at Antica Terra, she emphatically refused. But the three friends were clever. They asked Maggie if she would simply take a look at the vineyard and offer her opinion about the qualities of the site. She reluctantly agreed. Twenty-six seconds after arriving among the oaks, fossils, and stunted vines, she found herself hunched beneath one of the trees, phone in hand, explaining to her husband that they would be moving to Oregon.