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Food & Wine: Left to right: Anthill Winery’s Webster Marquez, David Low and Anthony Filiberti. Photo courtesy of www.jfdsf.com.
Left to right: Anthill Winery’s Webster Marquez, David Low and Anthony Filiberti. Photo courtesy of www.jfdsf.com.
F&W honors Anthill Farms Winery, an upstart making terrific wines in Sonoma County.

Anthill Farms Winery, Sonoma County

“We didn’t know whether the name was really great or really dumb,” admits Anthill Farms Winery partner Webster Marquez. “It came about because we’re all winemakers and people would see us all scrambling around trying to grab the same hose at once; they said it was like watching a bunch of ants.” This trio of ants—Marquez, Anthony Filiberti and David Low—met while working at Sonoma’s Williams Selyem. Says Marquez, “We realized that we have the same approach: using Pinot Noir—the most ‘transparent’ grape in the world—to communicate the way vineyards from cooler areas create distinctive wines.” The partners themselves farm many of the small plots where they buy their grapes, and the results of this labor of love are remarkably seductive wines that combine concentration and finesse. Now that the company has grown from producing 200 cases in 2004 to 1,800 this year, the trio’s work is becoming ever more demanding. Notes Marquez, “It’s a good thing we’re young and don’t need much sleep.”

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