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.
Anthill Farms Peugh Vineyard Chardonnay 2014
This wine is wound far tighter than last year's inaugural release; indeed, the nose is initially retiring and the aromatics slow to emerge. With air and a little warmth, notes of sweet flag and pungent celery seed come to the fore, supported by a hint of piney soil. The palate ... more
in mixed case $46.74
Anthill Farms Tina Marie Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014
This site lies in the heart of the Green Valley appellation, on the corner of Green Valley and Maddocks Roads. Owner and manager Ron Black had the foresight to plant his hillside very densely to create more vine competition and lower yields. This approach delivers an intoxicating combination of lushness ... more
in mixed case $50.99
Anthill Farms Campbell Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014
This vineyard is located a few miles from the Pacific Ocean, near the tiny town of Annapolis, and is farmed by Steve Campbell. At approximately 750 feet above sea level, it sits right at the boundary of the marine layer, ensuring that the cool, coastal climate delays ripening well beyond ... more
in mixed case $50.99
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