Pinot Noir, ‘Baker Ranch’, Anthill Farms
Baker Ranch vineyard sits on a mid-elevation east-facing slope on the south side of the Anderson Valley, on very shallow slate-based soils of the Casabonne-Wohly complex. The soils have a high mineral content and an unusually high pH for California.
The floral, citrus peal and spice in the 2016 vintage arrive in succession in the nose. With air they become more subtle, and a pure core of red cherry and raspberry emerges. There is a tension in the wine that hints to the late ripening of this site, deeply influenced by the weather of the Mendocino Coast. We’re in love with the persistence of the flavors and focusing structure from this vintage of Baker.
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Press & Reviews
The 2016 Pinot Noir Baker Ranch is one of the more exotic wines in the range. Orange peel, star anise, rose petal, spice and mint add aromatic nuance to a brilliant Pinot endowed with tons of energy. Deceptive in its mid-weight structure, the Baker Ranch is beautifully persistent and delineated, not to mention impeccable in its overall balance. The 30% whole clusters are evident, but also nicely integrated.