Thursday, April 29, 2021

Phillips Hill Estates Anderson Valley Toulouse Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2006


Another day, another Pinot--this one from the excellent Toulouse Vineyard in the Anderson Valley of northern California. Because of its age and specific appellation it is clearly the best of the bunch (compared to Decoy California and Evolution Oregon).

Medium garnet color. The bouquet takes some time to open, but when it does, it is impressive--cherries, cranberries, a hint of almond. Aged 11 months in 35% new French oak, resulting in substantial complexity and depth. Tannins are well integrated at this point and flavors have developed nicely. Long, lovely finish with notes of cranberry and black pepper.

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