2008 Antica Terra - Pinot Noir Botanica 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

There are only 185 cases of the 2008 Pinot Noir Botanica. A splendid aromatic array of cherry blossom, framboise, underbrush, Asian spices, and incense lead to a dense, rich, nearly opulent wine already imbued with complexity and a sense of pure pleasure. This impeccably balanced, seamless effort is one of the stars of the vintage. Its drinking window conservatively extends from 2013 to 2023.

Drink Dates: 2013-2023
Author: Jay Miller
Issue: 191

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

($75) Vivid red. Expansive, room-filling bouquet displays red and dark berry preserves, incense and Asian spices, with an intense floral quality and notes of cola and vanilla. Silky in texture and deep in sweet red fruit character, with gentle tannins adding structure but playing second fiddle to the fruit. The spice and floral notes repeat on the juicy finish, which is broad, smooth and impressively persistent. Delicious now but has the depth to repay at least another five years of cellaring. This wine got about two-thirds new oak while the Willamette Valley bottling got about one-third. Both were fermented with about 10% whole clusters.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 151

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Burghound | Rating: 89

(this is a micro-cuvée that is only produced in the best vintages; 13.6%) A very generously wooded nose requires ample aeration to dissipate the relatively strong reduction. The wood however only seems to become more apparent with air and dominates the fruit. There is good concentration to the textured, round and supple medium-bodied flavors that possess noticeable bitterness on the otherwise reasonably long finish. At present, the '08 Botanica is at a very awkward stage and while there appears to be enough underlying material to assimilate the oak in time, I wouldn't touch a bottle for at least 5 years. My score offers the benefit of the doubt that this will come together. In the meantime, buy the '07.

Drink Dates: 2015+
Author: Allen Meadows
Issue: 40

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 90
Author: Johnnymd
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 07/20/2012

Average rating: 92, based on 4 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

214 bottles owned by 69 collectors.

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Wine Varietal: Pinot Noir

Notorious for its fickle growing patterns, Pinot Noir vines prefer long, cool growing conditions and tend to mutate easily, leaving behind numerous clones and inconsistent flavor profiles. Although it is one of the three major varieties used in Champagne production, Burgundy is the traditional home of Pinot Noir. The 30-mile stretch of hills known as the Cote d'Or is valued as the world's premier production area. Pinot Noir is planted all over the world. In the United States, Sonoma, the Russian River Valley, Carneros and the Willamette Valley produce top-notch wines from this variety. Other notable countries include New Zealand, Australia, and Chile. Typical descriptors for Pinot Noir include strawberry, raspberry, cherry, mushroom, and meaty notes.

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