When James Suckling and his team evaluated nearly one thousand Pinot Noirs from the 2017 vintage in the States, there was no way of knowing how things would shake out. Russian River, Sonoma Coast, Anderson Valley? Nope. Low and behold, three out of the top four highest rated wines of the entire vintage belonged to none other than Maggie Harrison.
But, if you have been following her since her days at Sine Qua Non and have tasted her wines, you’re not at all surprised. Maggie has built a tiny empire in Oregon. Antica Terra is distributed in 22 countries around the world, supplying some of the best restaurants in the world (Coppo in L.A. Eleven Madison Park, and 67 Pall Mall in London to name a few). They are one of a very select few wineries that don’t have a wine club, just a lengthy wait to join their allocation list– two emails annually, first come first serve– which on average sells out within 24 hours of hitting send.
97 Points, James Suckling
This starts out with a more savory, earthy and spicy expression and has a gently meaty edge to the nose with a vibrant, exotic feel. Violets and wild herbs abound with forest wood and sous bois – very complex already. The palate has a very tautly composed feel with acidity really adding spark to dense, powerful tannins. Red and dark cherries abound and there’s a floral and mineral thread of flavor. Salty too, like samphire and nasturtium. Striking wine. Best from 2023.