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2013 Antica Terra Pinot Noir Ceras

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2013 Antica Terra Pinot Noir Ceras

Single Bottle - Standard - 750ml

Regular Price: HK$835.00

Special Price HK$599.00

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Tasting Notes:

Sleek, transparent and immensely appealing, with an open texture, delicate structure and harmony, persisting on the finish, displaying dark berry, orange peel, black tea and loamy earth complexity. The finish sails on. Drink now through 2023. 949 cases made.

Tasting Notes:

The 2013 Pinot Noir Ceras, blended blind as usual, is about "mineralité" according to winemaker Maggie Harrison. There is some whole cluster in this blend, around 11%. It has a very delineated bouquet with cranberry and crushed strawberry, crushed stone, very Pommard-like in style and extremely well focused. The palate is medium-bodied with edgy and lace-like tannin, more black fruit than red; conspicuously saline in the mouth and revealing a subtle marine influence towards the finish that comes across as Old World in style. It is another wonderful 2013 from Antica Terra - not cheap, but quality never usually is. Winemaker Maggie Harrison is a maelstrom of emotions. She wears her heart on her sleeve and so when a biblical storm threatens to ruin her harvest, naturally she is going to be...emotional. In fact, more than half a year later, she seems to only just be recovering from the trauma. “I have never had such a hard vintage in my life,” she explained as we sat down in her barrel cellar. “It was unbelievably unnerving. It rained seven inches in 72 hours and nothing was ripe before that. I went into one of our best vineyards after six days and there was a breeze. You could smell the vinegar. There were fruit flies in the bunches and we could not take the fruit. Every person at the sorting table had their heads down and I stood at the end of the sorting table cutting everything out - nothing imperfect would get past me. Five days into sorting we had a mountain of fruit behind each person and I thought we were not going to make it. We threw away seven times as much fruit as usual and bottled only 64% of what was barreled. If I knew during the harvest that I would have made a wine I liked, I wouldn’t have been so stressed out.” Tasting the wines, you would not have guessed that Maggie had been a woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown during the harvest; and in some ways, it unwittingly played into her hand, because the style of 2013 suits her wines. As usual she selected the barrels to make her top label, Antikythera and then worked through the other blends. In the end, Ceras represents around 46% of the vineyard and Botanica 26%. The tumultuous season also led to the creation of a new label – Obelin. This comes from 11 obdurate barrels that Maggie found difficult to blend into the Antikythera, though such was the quality that she could never consider selling it off in bulk. In the end she chose seven barrels and made this separate bottling. Antica Terra’s prices are relatively expensive for Oregon. That said, you do get a distinctive, complex and beautifully crafted wine in return for your money. They are made with painstaking detail by an exacting winemaker that clearly refuses to cut corners, much like her mentor Manfred Kankl. The result is a portfolio of wines that are equidistant between Oregon and Europe, exploiting the strengths of both. I am fascinated to see how they will evolve in bottle, yet conversely they are deceptively approachable thanks to the fineness of tannins and levels of fruit - but underneath, tucked away, is a sense of earthiness, something almost...feral. Maggie may have suffered for her “art” – but it was worth it in the end.

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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.