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Phillips Hill Winery

Wine Enthusiast Magazine - May 2017

Score: 94 Cellar Selection
Phillips Hill 2014 Valenti Vineyard Mendocino Ridge Pinot Noir

Score: 93 Cellar Selection
Phillips Hill 2014 Cerise Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

Score: 92 Editors Choice
Phillips Hill 2014 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
 

Wine & Spirits Magazine - April 2017

Score: 93
Phillips Hill 2015 Boontling Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

Score: 91
Phillips Hill 2014 Oppenlander Vineyard Mendocino Ridge Pinot Noir

Tasted blind, this felt like a coastal wine, not an inland Mendocino pinot noir. In fact, Oppenlander is just five miles outside of Anderson Valley; its own-rooted vines grow at 600 feet of elevation in Comptche’s Surprise Valley. This captures the neighborhood’s coastal cool in fruit that’s clean and red, with the airy sweetness of an heirloom strawberry. The wine’s spicy oak tannins are prominent, but a year of age should bring them into silky alignment.

Wine Enthusiast Magazine - April 2017

Score: 93
Phillips Hill 2014 Oppenlander Vineyard Mendocino Pinot Noir

Score: 91
Phillips Hill 2015 Boontling Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

While light-bodied, gentle and intricate, this wine offers plenty of flavor nuances. Cranberry and herb tea aromas mark the nose, while the mouthfeel is at once soothing and tangy, with mulled cherry and clove aromas that slowly emerge and persist on the finish. It's a treat to sip and savor. - J.G.

Allen Meadows' Burghound - Oct 2016

Score: 91
Phillips Hill 2013 Valenti Vineyard Mendocino Ridge Pinot Noir

Like all the wines in the range there is a lovely sense of vibrancy and delineation to the mid-palate of the middle weight flavors that possess good punch and lovely persistence on the balanced finale. This is almost a blend of the Oppenlander and Terroirs as there is focused power along with a certain refinement. Note that moderate patience will be required and overall this is worth checking out 91/2020 +

Score: 90
Phillips Hill 2013 Terroirs Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
 

International Pinot Noir Celebration - July 2016

Featured Anderson Valley Winery
McMinnville, Oregon
Phillips Hill 2013 Terroirs Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
 
 
 

Wine Enthusiast Magazine - June 2016

Score: 94 Editors Choice
Phillips Hill 2013 Oppenlander Vineyard Mendocino Pinot Noir

An outstanding example of balance and reserve that doesn’t lack in flavor, this wine will pair well with a wide variety of foods. It has a mild color as well as spicy, woodsy aromas due to 35% whole-cluster fermentation. Satisfying flavors resemble a wine-reduction sauce but are dry and crisp. Editors’ Choice. —J.G.

Score: 94 Editors Choice
Phillips Hill 2013 Valenti Vineyard Mendocino Ridge Pinot Noir

Score: 93 Editors Choice
Phillips Hill 2013 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

Score: 92
Phillips Hill 2013 Terroirs Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
 

Wine Enthusiast Magazine - August 2015

Score: 94 Editors Choice
Phillips Hill 2012 Oppenlander Vineyard Mendocino Pinot Noir

Score: 92 Cellar Selection
Phillips Hill 2012 Cerise Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

Score: 92 Editors Choice
Phillips Hill 2012 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

Score: 91
Phillips Hill 2012 Boontling Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

Score: 90
Phillips Hill 2012 Valenti Vineyard Mendocino Ridge Pinot Noir
 

Wine & Spirits Magazine - Dec 2014

A Sommelier Scavenger Hunt - Tracking Down American Terroir

The Sommeliers:  Steven McDonald, Vanessa Trevino-Boyd, Christian Varas.

Phillips Hill 2011 Two Terroirs C + R Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

A wine they chose for its "high tones and sous bois notes," which drew a parallel for him to Burgundy.  The wine shows both the vibrancy of the ocean-cooled site and the warmth of the valley in its ripe cherry flavors and vibrant acidity. "Using the best fruit off both vineyards, it's a regional premier cru," says Treviño-Boyd.
 

Allen Meadows' Burghound - Oct 2014

October 12, 2014

Score: 91
Phillips Hill 2011 Two Terroirs C + R Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

The delicious, intense and solidly well-concentrated middle weight flavors possess excellent depth and length. There is the same ever-so-slightly drying character to the finish here as with the Valenti there is even better depth and length. Again, while this is not a perfectly balanced wine I like it despite its mild imperfection primarily because of the excellent depth. 91/2019 +

Stephan Tanzer May/June 2014

Score: 90
Phillips Hill 2011 Two Terroirs C + R Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

Score: 90
Phillips Hill 2012 Valenti Vineyard Mendocino Ridge Pinot Noir

Vivid red.  A highly perfumed bouquet presents fresh red berries, rose and Asian spices, plus a stony topnote.   Juicy and tightly focused on the palate, offering intense black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors that gain sweetness and depth with air.  Shows impressive power on the spice-tinged, youthfully tannic finish, ending on notes of cola and floral pastilles.  (JR)

Wine Enthusiast Magazine - 2013

Score: 91
Phillips Hill 2011 Two Terroirs C + R Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

From the Cerise and Ridley vineyards, this wine explores two sites within the Anderson Valley. In taste it offers intense sour cherry, a flavor that finds its balance mid-palate, blossoming into smooth, spicy, full-bodied, oak-kissed goodness. — V.B.

Stephan Tanzer May/June 2013

Score: 90
Phillips Hill 2010 Two Terroirs AV + MR Mendocino Pinot Noir

Score: 90
Phillips Hill 2010 Oppenlander Vineyard Mendocino Pinot Noir

Bright red.  Fresh redcurrant and strawberry aromas give way to deeper cherry and black raspberry with air.  Juicy and precise, offering tangy red fruit flavors and notes of anise and smoky herbs.  Finishes on an energetic note, with very good focus, length and a touch of bitter cherry.  (JR) 

Wine Enthusiast Magazine - 2012

Score: 92
Phillips Hill 2010 Two Terroirs AV + MR Mendocino Pinot Noir

Phillips Hill's Two Terroirs is very subtly marked "AV + MR," signaling that the fruit was sourced from both the cool Anderson Valley and even cooler Mendocino Ridge. It's lightly earthy and resplendent in bright, just-ripe cherry tones. Gorgeously crisp, with undeniable structure, this is ready to drink, but it would also shine in a few years time. - V.B.

Sommelier Journal - Hot Picks High End Red - 2012

-by David Glancy, MS,CWE,CSS,FWS
Phillips Hill 2008 Beeson Tree Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

Wine Enthusiast Magazine 2011

Score: 92
Phillips Hill 2009 Hinterlands Mendocino Pinot Noir

Score: 91
Phillips Hill 2009 Valenti Vineyard Mendocino Ridge Pinot Noir

Score: 91
Phillips Hill 2010 Ridley Vineyard Anderson Valley Chardonnay

Score: 90
Phillips Hill 2009 Wiley Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

"Made in a light-bodied style, with see-through color containing glints
of orange and ruby.  Feels light and silky in the mouth, but don't
underestimate the complexity.  This wine packs a punch in raspberry,
cherry, Dr Pepper cola, orange zest, tobacco, spice and sandalwood 
flavors." - SH

San Francisco Chronicle - 2011

Anderson Valley Pinot Noir: The Chronicle Recommends
2009 Phillips Hill Valenti Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

Artist-turned-vintner Toby Hill wandered up Philo-Greenwood Road to this remote, impressive site at the western edge of the appellation. Heady and bigger, with lots of roasted spice (mace, clove) and pine cone. Baked strawberry and fresh citrus pith for depth, with great flourish. - Jon Bonne

35th Annual Mendocino County Wine Competition - 2011

Best of Class Red
Phillips Hill 2009 Hinterlands Mendocino Pinot Noir

Sommelier Journal - Spring Release 2011

Phillips Hill 2009 Valenti Vineyard Mendocino Ridge Pinot Noir
- "Gorgeous" - Catherine Fallis, MS

Wine Enthusiast Magazine - 2010

Score: 92 Editors Choice
Phillips Hill 2008 Beeson Tree Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

"From a winery that's piling up an impressive record with Mendocino
Pinot Noir comes this crisp, silky wine.  It's light in color and deceptively 
light in body, in the way of some great Burgundies that age effortlessly, 
even when you think they won't.  Dry and pure, it has a sweet complex 
wild cherry, raspberry,cola and smoky oak flavors.  Fine now and could 
really surprise in six years or more."- SH

Score: 91
Phillips Hill 2008 Oppenlander Vineyard Comptche Mendocino Pinot Noir

Steve Heimoff Wine Blog - Top 10 Wines of the Week - 2010

Phillips Hill 2008 Beeson Tree Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

"Anderson Valley Pinots are in many ways the most "Burgundian" of California, and this lightly colored, lightly-textured wine shows why. But there's nothing light about the spicy complexity." 

Gary Vaynurchuk - Wine Library TV - 2010

Score: 93

Phillips Hill 2008 Ring Of Fire Anderson Valley Pinot Noir   - Wine Library TV Episode #856

San Francisco Chronicle - 2009

Phillips Hill has art on the wall, in the glass 
- Stacy Finz September 12 2009 Link

San Francisco Chronicle - 2009

Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

2007 Phillips Hill Corby Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 

Artist Toby Hill again finds a powerful Pinot expression, with bright red fruit highlights and a rich earthy tone giving it momentum. His 2007 Oppenlander ($42) is more brooding and meaty. -Jon Bonne

Wine Enthusiast Magazine - 2009

Score: 92
Phillips Hill 2007 Anderson Valley Corby Vineyard Pinot Noir

Score: 90
Phillips Hill 2007 Oppenlander Vineyard Mendocino Pinot Noir

Score: 90
Phillips Hill 2007 Toulouse Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

Wine & Spirits Magazine - 2009

Score: 90
Phillips Hill 2007 Anderson Valley Corby Vineyard Pinot Noir


Wine Enthusiast Magazine - 2008

Score: 90
Phillips Hill 2006 Toulouse Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir


Gary Vaynerchuk - Wine Library TV - 2008
Score: 94
Phillips Hill 2005 Toulouse Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

"I am completely taken aback by the overall explosiveness, the richness, the depth, the old world love that's the cool climate of Anderson Valley, and the new world love. This has everything!"

- Gary Vaynerchuk
Link to Episode #418: Pinot Noir Showdown

San Francisco Chronicle - 2007

Phillips Hill 2005 Oppenlander Vineyard Mendocino Pinot Noir

"Nothing beats a bottle of showy but fabulously food-friendly Pinot Noir, especially if you're a frequent guest at your host's dining table. Finding a wine that has spectacular fruit and concentration, complexity, a bit of Burgundian earthiness, supple tannins and impeccable balance will seal your dinner invites for many moons to come. The 2005 Phillips Hill Oppenlander Vineyard Mendocino Pinot Noir is a good example of what California cool climate fruit can produce. The wines beautifully artistic label - for which winemaker Toby Hill designs anew each vintage - is a bonus.

    - Jon Bonné, Lynne Char Bennett

Vinography Wine Blog

Overall Score: 9/9.5

Phillips Hill 2002 Oppenlander Vineyard Mendocino Pinot Noir

A mere 100 cases of this wine is extracted from 18 acres of prime Pinot Noir vineyard located at the mouth of the Anderson valley as it opens up to the Mendocino Coast. Known as the Oppenlander Vineyard, it is named after homesteaders with the name Oppenlander, who eked out a living on this property in the 1860's and were so isolated from the rest of the country that they and other residents at the time were able to continue growing wine grapes straight through the years of Prohibition.

Tasting Notes:
Medium to light ruby in color, this wine has a delicious nose of cranberry and lavender aromas with a hint of vanilla. On the palate it is lush and round with light flavors of raspberry and strawberry mixed with crushed fresh herbs. Nicely balanced with acidity the fruit is not overly extracted and lasts to a moderate finish. This is a delicate, feminine wine, and one of the better coastal Pinot Noirs I have had in some time.