Take a trip back in time through Anderson Valley to Mendocino
June 8th 2017
By Alex Pulaski
The Anderson Valley was apple country decades ago, and vestiges remain in the form of farm stands and scattered orchards. But it’s mostly vineyards now, and wines are the big draw, from robust Pinot Noirs to Alsatian-style wines such as dry Gewurtztraminer, sweet Riesling and bold Pinot Gris. The Phillips Hill tasting room, set in a weathered apple-dryer building in an orchard northwest of Philo, recalls a bit of the old agricultural economy.
By Sara Schneider
3 Whites You'll Want to Drink All Summer Long
Poor Riesling is the victim of a reputation earned decades ago, when much of it in the West was made in a sweet German style but without that country’s characteristic acidity for balance. The result was a syrupy starter drink, something to put behind you when your palate grew up. Come back now, though, and you’ll find far more balanced versions. Some are truly bone-dry; others have a bit of sweetness. (Many are using a scale on their label indicating the level of dryness or sweetness, so you know what you’re getting.) The best ones are grown in places where they retain the variety’s natural crispness.
Phillips Hill 2015 Riesling (Mendocino Ridge; $24)
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By Charles Olken
Riesling is now on the rise, and that’s a good thing. Old local favorites like Navarro are being joined in success by the likes of producers whose names you will learn as their wines gain a foothold in the market. You may not see them in wide distribution but if Rieslings from folks like Balo, Brooks (Oregon producer with 17 separate bottlings), Maidenstoen, Stirm, Phillips Hill, Tatomer show up in your neighborhood, do give them a try. They are leading the small but on-going resurgence of this very special variety. Connoisseurs’ Guide has added its voice to the movement by reviewing Riesling (and Gewurztraminer) every year in September. There may not be enough of those varieties in existence, in our view, but what does exist has proven worthy of following—and enjoying.
April 18, 2015
By Matt Villano
ASK LOCALS IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA’S Anderson Valley what sets their sliver of a wine region apart from the more expansive and more popular haunts in the surrounding area, and they’ll tell you that it’s what Napa and Sonoma were 20 or 30 years ago. This 15-mile stretch of Mendocino County between Boonville and Navarro is quiet and unassuming—a place where children abound and many tasting-room employees bring their dogs to work.
In other words: wine country, in its purest form. And it’s about three hours from San Francisco.
After trying the wine at Phillips Hill (5101 Highway 128, phillipshill.com) in the old apple drying building, break out the sandwiches at a picnic table under the weeping willow out front.
April 13, 2014
By Garrick Ramirez
Spring Road Trip: The Anderson Valley
Four Notable Wineries
The valley’s many wineries provide an easy way to immerse yourself in the area’s beauty. The wines are great too and you’ll often taste alongside the winemaker. Navarro Vineyards is a welcoming spot with affordable wines, amiable staff and gorgeous picnic grounds. Phillips Hill (pictured) offers a truly enchanting setting with an old apple drying barn, creekside tastings and picnic tables sheltered under a spectacular willow tree. Baxter pours exceptional, single vineyard pinots in a stylish mid-century tasting room. Similar in craft is Drew, noted for restrained, unfiltered pinots as well as a lovely Albariño and hauntingly good syrah.
Decanter Travel Guide: Anderson Valley, California
September 18, 2014
by Stephan Brook, Decanter Magazine
A newcomer to the valley is Phillips Hill (phillipshill.com), which produces a range of serious Pinots. The tasting room is a former apple-drying barn that’s roofed but has no walls, so in poor weather tasters move upstairs. Here there’s an aroma room, with large jars containing components of a Pinot Noir’s bouquet such as orange peel or fading leaves. Nearby, and in complete contrast, is the grand but welcoming Roederer tasting room.
Winery Tasting Rooms During Harvest
September 15, 2014
by Virginie Boone, Sonoma Magazine
Phillips Hill Winery, 5101 Highway 128, Philo, 707-895-2209, phillipshill.com. Newly opened in Anderson Valley, Phillips Hill resides in a two-story, restored apple-drying barn where tastings are held overlooking the nearby creek. French cheeses and charcuterie are served from the on-site commercial kitchen, a nice accompaniment to the elegant Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Gewürztraminer made here.
The Upwardly Expanding World of Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
May 23, 2014
by Drew Stofflet, Time Out Wine Columnist
"Along side these keepers-of-the-story are the tried and true that make up the current and future generation. Toby Hill of Phillips Hill poured his wild-fermented, unfiltered pinots from serious vineyards like the Cerise, or the warm-climate, own-rooted Oppenlander Vineyard high up in Comptche (where the Grateful Dead used to hide out)."
Anderson Valley growing as destination for wine and cheese
May 23, 2014
by Maria Finn, SF Chronicle
Top 25 Awesome Tasting Rooms in California
May 14, 2014
IntoWine Article by Michael Cervin
"Phillips Hill: This Anderson Valley tasting room integrates history and the cool factor with their all-wood open air tasting room, an antique apple dryer building. Apples and hops were the main draw in this Valley back in the day, not grapes. Being so remote the apple crop needed to be dried prior to interminable shipping to parts unknown. Now, no one dries out at Phillips Hill in their upstairs tree-house wine pad. Surrounded by mature verdant green trees, it’s small, remote and still undiscovered. Wines: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer."
California's Hot New Go-To
May 07, 2014
The Globe and Mail by ALEC SCOTT
"A side-trip up the Anderson Valley via Route 128 winds through cathedral-tall redwoods to some up-and-coming wineries. Farmers tend to favour organic and biodynamic methods for their pinots and dry gewurztraminers. Top choice: Phillips Hill Winery, with tasting rooms in an old apple-drying barn – with Boontling, a local dialect, on the labels."
Via Magazine Anderson Valley Road Trip
May 01, 2014
By Kristina Malsberger
"At nearby Phillips Hill Winery, the earthy pinots complement the recently opened tasting room in a historic apple-drying barn above a burbling creek."
Mendocino's Anderson Valley: Gem for wine and food lovers
February 25, 2014
By Ann Tatko-Peterson
Anderson Valley Wineries: New Discoveries
November 03, 2013
Backcountry Wines by Deborah Passin
"This is one of my favorite tasting venues of all time. It’s situated in a two-story restored “apple dryer barn” on a former sheep raising and apple growing operation. You get to relax and enjoy your wine at a wood bar overlooking a creek amidst lush green trees and the last remaining apple rows."
Summer Getways: 7 Escapes in Wine Country
July 07, 2013
The Hollywood Reporter, by Michael Cervin
Head north from L.A. to check out some of the best tasting rooms in California, from a spectacular Sonoma sipping spot loved by Patrick Dempsey to Mendocino's under-the-radar gem.
"In the Anderson Valley, about 25 miles in from the coast in the town of Philo, Phillips Hill has opened an open-air tasting room in an antique building used for making dried apples, which was once one of the area's staple crops. Now no one dries out at this relatively undiscovered spot, enjoying pinot noir and a crisp gewurztraminer in the second-floor wine pad surrounded by old, verdant trees."
KCBS Eye on Bay - Mendocino Wild Fish & Phillips Hill Chardonnay
May 07, 2012