Antica Terra

Ceras Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

9.240 ratings
9.35 pro ratings
Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA
Pinot Noir
Top Notes For
Justin Bothur

Sweet tobacco , cherry pie, leather and cola.

Sweet tobacco , cherry pie, leather and cola.

May 20th, 2018
Isaac Pirolo

It’s usually a good sign when the winemaker can articulate what the wine is about like this: “Ceras is Botanica’s counterpoint. Its color is more purple than red. It is more about minerals and herbs than fruit and flowers. It is a focused and elegant distillation of rock rather than an opulent cascade of fruit. It is an expression of the geology that lays beneath our land, the tart blue fruits of the coast range and the tender herbs that one finds amongst the trees and mushrooms of the Northwest forest.”

Her 2013 Ceras is yet another example of Maggie Harrison’s sorcery over the vines at Antica Terra. The focus and intensity of flavor is off the charts, yet it maintains an almost ethereal weightlessness, only emphasizing the layer of silk that separates you from the wine. The pungent rock is so on point and distinctive it instantly reminded me of the scent of lichen growing on rocks, which I experienced in Colorado when I was 7 or 8 years old. This sets the stage for the level of complexity exhibited. The fruit has both an extraordinarily high level of purity and yet the woven tapestry of herbs and spices and even fruit blending are impossible not to notice. The key being that nothing is forced.

The nuance of complexity only being noticed when desired is nearly an impossible feat. I can’t help but recall James Conaway quoting Andy Beckstoffer in his recently released book: Napa at Last Light: America’s Eden in an Age of Calamity. “If a wine was a model with a chipped tooth, you’d have to give her something to compensate with. If she needs better shoulders, better breasts, give her some. But her real charm is in how she carries the defect.”

After reading his book, I can tell you I’m definitely not certain whether you can accept his quotes verbatim. One thing is certain, though, Maggie Harrison’s Antica Terra wines carry the defect like no other.

It’s usually a good sign when the winemaker can articulate what the wine is about like this: “Ceras is Botanica’s counterpoint. Its color is more purple than red. It is more about minerals and herbs than fruit and flowers. It is a focused and elegant distillation of rock rather than an opulent cascade of fruit. It is an expression of the geology that lays beneath our land, the tart blue fruits of the coast range and the tender herbs that one finds amongst the trees and mushrooms of the Northwest forest.”

Her 2013 Ceras is yet another example of Maggie Harrison’s sorcery over the vines at Antica Terra. The focus and intensity of flavor is off the charts, yet it maintains an almost ethereal weightlessness, only emphasizing the layer of silk that separates you from the wine. The pungent rock is so on point and distinctive it instantly reminded me of the scent of lichen growing on rocks, which I experienced in Colorado when I was 7 or 8 years old. This sets the stage for the level of complexity exhibited. The fruit has both an extraordinarily high level of purity and yet the woven tapestry of herbs and spices and even fruit blending are impossible not to notice. The key being that nothing is forced.

The nuance of complexity only being noticed when desired is nearly an impossible feat. I can’t help but recall James Conaway quoting Andy Beckstoffer in his recently released book: Napa at Last Light: America’s Eden in an Age of Calamity. “If a wine was a model with a chipped tooth, you’d have to give her something to compensate with. If she needs better shoulders, better breasts, give her some. But her real charm is in how she carries the defect.”

After reading his book, I can tell you I’m definitely not certain whether you can accept his quotes verbatim. One thing is certain, though, Maggie Harrison’s Antica Terra wines carry the defect like no other.

Apr 21st, 2018
Liz Hale

Mineral and cassis.

Mineral and cassis.

1 person found it helpfulJul 22nd, 2016
Michael Seely

Complex, lots of time left on this Pinot. Lovely.

Complex, lots of time left on this Pinot. Lovely.

Nov 15th, 2019
Bryan Kesting

Lovely wine and drinking very well.

Lovely wine and drinking very well.

Jun 23rd, 2019
Joe Roth

Nice juice! Maggie Harrison has got this right!

Nice juice! Maggie Harrison has got this right!

Sep 20th, 2018
Joe Roth

Beautiful

Beautiful

Jun 14th, 2018
Cody Short

Very nice but a touch of heat

Very nice but a touch of heat

Oct 13th, 2017
Troy Givens

Antica Terra has impressed me every time I'm lucky enough to have some.

Antica Terra has impressed me every time I'm lucky enough to have some.

Mar 11th, 2017
Clarke Gasper

Gift from a client, probably the best Oregon Pinot I've had. Structure and balance, really nice

Gift from a client, probably the best Oregon Pinot I've had. Structure and balance, really nice

Mar 3rd, 2017