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Phillips Hill Estates

8627 Highway 128
Philo, CA 95466

Tasting:   Daily 11 am - 5 pm
  Winery at other location: 25690 Philo Greenwood Road, Elk CA
Price Range:   $18 - $42
Established:   2002
Winery Dog:   yes

Phillips Hill Estates Description

Toby Hill, owner and winemaker at Phillips Hill Estates, was formally trained in the Arts. His intense study and mastery of composition in the abstract has been translated into the delicate balance of making wine. Toby's 1997 purchase of land in the Mendocino Ridge appellation overlooking the Anderson Valley led him to his new passion and personal re-invention in wine country. Toby's stylistic approach is free form; his philosophy is to be completely in touch with the grape to wine process.  This appreciation transcends itself to the essence of how the wine develops and evolves within the layers of nature. 

His new artisitc endeavor began when a local winemaker decided not to begin a brand and offered Toby four barrels of an unfinished 2002 vintage of Pinot Noir from Oppenlander Vineyard in Comptche, Mendocino.  What started as an opportunity to express his work on a wine label became a new artistic obsession for an expression not only on the bottle, but in the bottle as well - a transformation from the art of the visual to that of the sensory.

Phillips Hill Pinot Noir has evolved into a more refined, down to earth and graceful old meets new world style. The fruit is sourced from local vineyards close to Toby's home and winery.  Here, he is able to spend ample time in the vineyard to closely monitor the grapes' growth and maturity.  As for Toby's future and natural progression as a winemaker, he will be farming his soon to be established estate vineyard - a new opportunity to express the composition of the earth, the vine, the grape and the wine.

Phillips Hill Estates Features

Ambiance Types of Wine Amenities
Country Charm
Casual & Relaxed
Hip & Stylish
Storefront only
Pinot Noir
German, Reisling, Gewurztraminer
Sustainable Ag. practices
Art Gallery
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Great wine, moved to new tasting room
wine_lover, Arroyo Grande
They recently moved to a new tasting room, which I have not seen. Pictures on the web site show a much enhanced environment. I have loved their wines from the start and have never been disappointed (except when they sell out of wines I want to stock up on). I particularly like the pinots. The tasting room is usually manned by Toby or Natacha, who make the wine, so they really know the wines (and the area). Their wines are bold but balanced, and match most food.

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The above reviews are the subjective opinion of Winery Advisor members and not of California Winery Advisor.

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