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Anthill Farms "Peters Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Syrah 2009

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93 points Rhone Report: Very peppery and gamey, the 2009 Anthill Farms Syrah Peters Vineyard has knockout cool-climate aromatics of peppered beef, violets, black raspberry, sappy herbs, and crushed rock like minerality on the nose. Similarly textured to the Sonoma Coast, with beautiful polish to the tannin, and a suppleness that keeps you coming back to the glass, it firms up nicely on the finish and should age for 7-8 years, if not longer. I'd like a touch more depth through the middle here, but this is still one solid bottle of wine. (Dec 2011)

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Anthill Farms Winery:
We're very excited to offer you our 2006 wines. It's sometimes hard for us to believe that this vintage is already our third release at Anthill Farms. As always, we have many people to thank, but we are particularly happy to be working with the same group of superb growers from year to year. These relationships are the single most important factor in producing the style of wine for which we str... Read more
We're very excited to offer you our 2006 wines. It's sometimes hard for us to believe that this vintage is already our third release at Anthill Farms. As always, we have many people to thank, but we are particularly happy to be working with the same group of superb growers from year to year. These relationships are the single most important factor in producing the style of wine for which we strive. The growers' constant attention to raising the finest grapes possible is what makes our winery work. Ever since the three of us met while working at Williams Selyem in 2003 we have come to a simple, yet critical, understanding: the connection between the site, the farmer, and the winemaker is the all-important path to expressive and compelling wine. In many ways, what Anthill Farms represents is a series of cooperatives: between the vintners and the growers, between three co-winemakers, and between us and you. This idea leads us to a question many ask: what are each of our roles at the winery? The matter can be somewhat difficult to explain since we take a relatively fluid, dynamic approach with all of us trading hats as needed. While Anthony focuses on the vineyards, Dave on the winery, and Web on the back office, each of us is "the winemaker" and any one of us can be found pruning in the vineyard, doing punchdowns, or working the bottling line. By and large, our process does not change from year to year: we believe in a type of winemaking minimalism that promotes site and vintage expression above all else, though we also constantly work to make wines that, in the end, taste good. This goal translates to vigilance in the vineyard, intensive farming for minimal ecological impact, gentle handling from vineyard to bottle, a measured hand with oak, and, most importantly, leaving the wine alone as much as possible. We hope you enjoy these wines as much as we enjoy making them. We are always available for comments and questions, so stay in touch. Cheers, Anthony, David, Web Read less

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Snooth User: VegasOenophile
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4.50 5
01/28/2012

Strong blueberry nose with other supporting red and black berry fruit tones. Some candied fruit and floral scents and even a hint of apricot. On the palate, sappy raspberry and blackberry and s building smokiness. Spice and floral characteristics. Nice! 11/12/11



93 points Rhone Report: Very peppery and gamey, the 2009 Anthill Farms Syrah Peters Vineyard has knockout cool-climate aromatics of peppered beef, violets, black raspberry, sappy herbs, and crushed rock like minerality on the nose. Similarly textured to the Sonoma Coast, with beautiful polish to the tannin, and a suppleness that keeps you coming back to the glass, it firms up nicely on the finish and should age for 7-8 years, if not longer. I'd like a touch more depth through the middle here, but this is still one solid bottle of wine. (Dec 2011)

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