Antica Terra owner and winemaker Maggie Harrison—also the head of the masterful California Syrah label, Lillian —hails from nine wonderful and life-changing vintages at the iconic winery Sine Qua Non.
Antica Terra owner and winemaker Maggie Harrison—also the head of the masterful California Syrah label, Lillian —hails from nine wonderful and life-changing vintages at the iconic winery Sine Qua Non. Harrison’s process is unlike any other and anyone who gets their hands on a bottle understands what this means—and benefits from it! Half of the bottles Antica Terra produces go to Michelin-starred restaurants around the world. The other half goes to consumers on their mailing list (which now has a lengthy waitlist). But today, your Team Vinum is bringing you the chance to meet Maggie, sample and purchase these amazing wines!
The geology of the Antica Terra (“old earth” in Latin) vineyard is pretty unusual. The remains of a pre-historic seabed rise to the surface, leaving the vines to struggle, without topsoil, atop a fractured mixture of sandstone sown with 40 million-year-old marine fossils. Its exposed rock, steeply pitched grades and panoramic views of the surrounding land convey a feeling of dramatic scale. The west wind moves constantly through the vines, picking up velocity at night when the marine inversion draws cooler air through the Van Duzer Corridor, causing a diurnal shift of forty to fifty degrees each evening.
One of Oregon’s most innovative wineries, Maggie’s approach to winemaking is informed by the notion that beauty is conveyed in the accumulation of minute human actions. She sets aside reductive thinking that often associates the quality of a wine with simple quantities (such as pH, alcohol and SO2) and formulaic actions, believing the quality will instead be determined by her combined interaction with fruit and vine. In the Antica Terra winemaking process, clusters and individual berries are meticulously sorted by hand. The wines are fermented naturally, manually punched down and tread by foot, siphoned and bucketed into barrel, never settled or racked and aged on the lees before being bottled without fining or filtration.
“Every vine a puzzle, every season its own solution. This work is our privilege and this place is our home.”
We are scheduling a Zoom with Maggie Harrison, winemaker & owner at Antica Terra & Lillian to hear her speak about her wines in real-time.
We could not be more excited for this event, we consider Maggie one of the most inspiring people in wine! Antica Terra is a staff favorite, loved by Somms around the world. This is one you do NOT want to miss!
Please RSVP if you would like to order a set of these wine samples to enjoy during the call.
*The wines will each be in a special, sample size 5-ounce bottle just for our tasting!
The total cost of the sample pack of four wines is $90.
– Happy Hour with Antica Terra –
Friday, August 7th
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Please RSVP to secure your pack and receive a link to the Zoom.
Tasting Line Up (5oz portions) –
2017 Antica Terra Ceras Pinot Noir
Ceras is all about minerality and delicacy. Chiseled and oceanic, it is an expression of the geology that lays beneath our land, the tart blue fruits of the coast range, and the tender perennials and mushrooms of the Northwest forest.
2017 Antica Terra Botanica Pinot Noir
Botanica is an expression of the fecundity and fertility of the flora of this place. It tends towards sappy, sanguine, with a taste of wild rose, sour cherries, and blood orange. It is tempting to define it solely by its compelling texture and lush personality, but there is a structural element that is equally striking. This balance between extraordinary concentration and pronounced tension is the essence of the wine.
2017 Antica Terra Antikythera Pinot Noir
Antikythera is made entirely from our own little, rocky vineyard in the northernmost part of the Eola-Amity Hills. The wine, like the site, is a bit of an anomaly — it tends to defy characterization. There is, in every vintage, an astonishingly extreme, high-pitched aroma of cinnamon-stick coupled with a non-fruit intensity and Barolo-like tannin that speak neither to the Willamette Valley nor in some ways, Pinot Noir. Intensely mineral, it bears, somehow, a seemingly synesthetic resemblance to the ground from which it was born.
2017 Lillian Syrah
Certain gifts are given to the winemaker in California: the fruit will always ripen, it will never suffer from a lack of depth of character, of power. The goal with the Syrah, as with all Lillian wines, is to work with these historical, noble varieties in a sun-drenched place but work with the fruit in such a way to give the wines levity and lift. A certain transparency and fineness of detail. The Syrah, as a result, is not particularly Syrah-like. It doesn’t scream out the usual cocktail of blackberries, bacon fat, and lavender. It always feels a bit more about the people and the places than the variety. The wines are lavish, but there is refined rocky quality in them that defies description.
(Friday) 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm