Anthill Farms Pinot Noir Baker Ranch 2016
Baker Ranch sits deeper in the Anderson Valley west of the hamlet of Philo, up above the virgin redwood groves of Hendy Woods. The vineyard sits on a mid-elevation east-facing slope on the south side of the 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 vines themselves were planted almost twenty years ago; they are rigorously farmed by the Baker family.
VM93: 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.