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COMPTCHE RIDGE VINEYARDS PINOT NOIR SF TASTING – January 20, 2016

“About a year ago, we shipped a Comptche Ridge Vineyards Pinot Noir & received a really, really good response. That isn’t surprising given Anderson’s Valley quick ascension to the utter echelon of Pinot Noir regions in America. We originally were interested in Comptche Ridge Vineyards because they sell some fruit to Anthill Farms for a vineyard designate Pinot Noir. Of course, if you want to buy that Pinot Noir, good luck… Anthill’s waiting list these days is pretty legendary and likely a number of years long.

As with many winemakers though, the guys at Anthill make a number of different wines. From Bluxome Street in San Francisco, to this Comptche Ridge bottling itself, the guys behind Anthill Farms have a number of other projects, that are basically the same style of wine, without the huge waiting list.

The Comptche Ridge folks held a small scale tasting at Wayfare Tavern in San Francisco, in a little known 3rd floor room that, in my opinion is quintessential San Francisco…” Read More
Posted May 2, 2016

Celebrating Three Small, Passionate Pinot Noir Producers in Anderson Valley – March 9, 2015

“Comptche Ridge, a chilly area in Mendocino County, held appeal for the Weir Brothers even in their youth. Mark and John Weir visited the region from San Francisco as children in the 70’s but, looking for a place to raise their families, settled in the small town of Comptche in the mid-1990s. They purchased a turn-of-the-century property with natural ridge clearings – think windy and cool. Although untested and daring, they bravely planted Pinot Noir on these ridges in 2000, saw the results and then planted more in 2005, for a total of eight acres.

This tiny winery makes one wine per vintage, a blend of their eight acres of estate vineyards. The 2012 vintage produced only 45 cases. Since their ranch lies “off the grid,” their wine is made at Anthill Farms Winery in Healdsburg, California (Sonoma County). Wines high in acid and long on bright, red fruit are what define the Pinots from Comptche Ridge.”
Posted March 11, 2015

Acme Fine Wines, St. Helena – December 2014

“Anthony Filiberti, David Low, and Webster Marquez are winemakers highly regarded for their project Anthill Farms, wines that are so popular they are immediately allocated and sold out to their mailing list each vintage.  In the Bay Area they have an avid following, as restaurant Sommeliers love them for their lower alcohol, higher acidity, thus food pairing ability.  For one of their single vineyard Pinots, the guys source the fruit from the Comptche Ridge Vineyard in Mendocino.  The vineyard is owned by the Weir family, and sits in a cool clearing at 875 feet elevation.  Wanting to produce their own wine, brothers John and Mark Weir asked the Anthill Farms winemaking team to produce a Comptche Ridge Pinot for them.  The result is a refreshing, lively Pinot with woodsy aromatic notes and a light yet lush palate.  Obviously the packaging is different, but side by side, you might have a difficult time comparing this bottle to the always “sold out” Anthill Farms. Same vineyard, same winemakers, there’s bound to be some similarities, right?”
Posted December 1, 2014

Prince of Pinot – July 2014

“Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. More sap, vibrancy and complexity in this vintage with aromas of dark cherry, spice and cedary oak, and flavors of cherry, raspberry and spice. Lip-smacking and bright with some finishing acid-driven tang and intensity.”
Posted December 19, 2014

Antonio Galloni—Vinousmedia.com – 2012

“94 - Wonderfully layered and sensual in the glass, the 2012 Pinot Noir Comptche Ridge is all about texture, silkiness and polish. Dark red cherry, plum, licorice, smoke and star anise are some of the many notes that grace the palate in this exquisite, layered Pinot. The 50% whole clusters add lift, but are also beautifully integrated.”
Posted December 10, 2014

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