Anthill Farms Syrah 2016
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Item Number: 31577
Item Number: 31577
Wine & Spirits 93
"The team at Anthill Farms—Anthony Filiberti, Darren Low and Webster Marquez—met as cellar rats at Williams Selyem and later started their own label, focused on pinot noir, chardonnay and syrah from far-coast vineyards. Filiberti holds down a day job at Hirsch, and Low at The Withers—while Marquez left his post at Bluxome Street in 2015 to handle day-to-day winemaking at Anthill.
They don’t make a lot of Syrah, but what they do make is definite far-coast wine: This 2016 opens to pink-peppercorn spice, its fruit layering earth and animal scents into dark grape flavors, its cool tannins lending briskness and tension. If you love hiking on the Sonoma coast, this is a wine that will take you there."
We love Syrah, and we have a particular soft spot for Syrah from the Sonoma Coast. While many consider the area to be marginal for proper ripening of the varietal (and indeed, we are often picking well into November), the cool days and downright cold nights of the far coast create wines of tight focus and tense balance. We feel that the distinct aromatics and classic characteristics of these Syrahs are more than worth a bit of late picking.
While many consider the Sonoma Coast to be marginal for proper ripening of the Syrah varietal (and, indeed, they are often picking well into November), the cool days and downright cold nights of the far coast create wines of tight focus and tense balance. The Anthill team feels that the distinct aromatics and classic characteristics of these Syrahs are more than worth a bit of late picking.
This wine consistently shows many of the best aspects of cool-climate Syrah: fresh-ground mixed peppercorn, damson plum, and a hint of leathery funk dominate the nose. The palate builds further savory notes to the crackly fruit of the nose, and agile tannins create a mouthfeel of breadth and balance without a hint of fat. Breezy, coastal acids delineate the elegant, lively finish. This wine drinks well on release but will benefit from several years of aging.
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