Anthill Farms

Anthill Farms is an exciting project that focuses on producing exceptional Pinot Noir from a broad range of North Coast vineyards. The properties are managed with intensive and meticulous farming practices, with minimal ecological impact. As for winemaking, there are two unchanging goals: to make wines that express the growing site and the characteristics of the vintage above all else, and to make wines that, simply put, taste good. These goals require gentle handling from crushing to bottling, judicious use of oak, and, perhaps most importantly, leaving the wine alone as much as possible.

"We didn't know whether the name was really great or really dumb," admits Anthill Farms Winery partner Webster Marquez. "It came about because we're all winemakers and people would see us all scrambling around trying to grab the same hose at once; they said it was like watching a bunch of ants." This trio of ants--Marquez, Anthony Filiberti and David Low--met while working at Sonoma's Williams Selyem. Says Marquez, "We realized that we have the same approach: using Pinot Noir--the most 'transparent' grape in the world--to communicate the way vineyards from cooler areas create distinctive wines." The partners themselves farm many of the small plots where they buy their grapes, and the results of this labor of love are remarkably seductive wines that combine concentration and finesse. Now that the company has grown from producing 200 cases in 2004 to 1,800 this year, the trio's work is becoming ever more demanding. Notes Marquez, "It's a good thing we're young and don't need much sleep." –Food & Wine Magazine's "Most Promising New Winery" 2009

Farming Practice:Practicing Biodynamic

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Anthill Farms Syrah 2016
93  Wine & Spirits 
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

Anthill Farms Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2016
93  Decanter 
Decanter 93 "From the relative wilderness of the northerly Anderson Valley, this shows tart redcurrant and Morello cherry with a lovely marzipan edge on the nose. Concentrated, bright fruit is almost iridescent on the palate, with shimmering nuances of freshness and an edge of brooding elderberry

Anthill Farms Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2015
Tasting Notes "With this Pinot, we look to create a food-friendly, nuanced wine that represents the unique character of the Anderson Valley. Somewhat remote from most of Northern California’s wine-growing districts, this valley shelters a surprisingly harmonious blend of the wild and the civilized:

Anthill Farms Syrah 2015
95  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 95 "The Syrah Peters Vineyard is always the more lifted and aromatic of the two Anthill Farms Syrahs, as it is again in 2015. Inky fruit, black pepper, mint and violet overtones are given an extra kick of brightness from a dollop of co-fermented Viognier that is in the blend. --

Anthill Farms Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2013
"With this Pinot, we look to create a food-friendly, nuanced wine that represents the unique character of the Anderson Valley. Somewhat remote from most of Northern California’s wine-growing districts, this valley shelters a surprisingly harmonious blend of the wild and the civilized: in one vista,

Anthill Farms 'Demuth' Pinot Noir 2013
VINEYARD NOTES This vineyard, at 1400-1600 feet, is only a mile up the road from Abbey-Harris and shares similar, though less rocky, soils. Our two blocks function like two vineyards: the terraced rows of the Wädenswil clone form one section, while the Pommard block sits on a shelf a bit lower down

Anthill Farms 'Comptche' Pinot Noir 2013
93  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 93+ "Just bottled, the 2013 Pinot Noir Comptche Ridge Vineyard is pretty exuberant, yet there is plenty of underlying structure. Dark red and black cherries, hard candy, wild flowers and spices lift from the glass in a Pinot that stands out for its striking inner perfume and aromatics.