Nelson Hill Winery

Owner(s) Barbara Hill, Gregory Hill
Web site www.nelsonhillwinery.com
 
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Nelson Hill Winery

In 1999, Greg and Barbara Hill bought a small ranch from the Pinoli family close to Goldeneye, Roederer Estate and Husch. They rebuilt one of the valley's oldest farmhouses and planted a small vineyard to Pinot Noir Dijon clones 114, 115 and 777 and a small amount of Pommard.

Deny Dudzik is both the vineyard manager and winemaker. He was co-winemaker at Handley Vineyards for 10 years. He works closely with Ardzooni Vineyard Management. Phil Baxter Jr. of Baxter Winery provides custom crush and bottling services, as well as consulting with Deny on winemaking. Pinot Noir is typically aged 11 to 12 months in 30% to 50% new French oak barrels.

Nelson Hill Deep End Vineyard is located just west of Hwy 128 in Philo. Anderson Valley Pinot Noir has been offered from the estate Deep End Vineyard since 2007.

Reviewed Wines

2014 Nelson Hill Deep End Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., 279 cases, $42. Clones 114, 115, 777 and Pommard. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. The nose exhibits great cherry purity and persists over time in the glass. Flat-out delicious attack of black cherry fruit that envelopes the palate and persists through a grand finish. Sleek, refined and harmonious with modest, slightly burly and chalky tannins, and a deft compliment of oak. This wines seems mostly Pommard in character. Score: 94. Reviewed July 24, 2016 ARTICLE »

2013 Nelson Hill Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 290 cases, $42. Released February 15, 2016.A majority of grapes are from the Deep End Vineyard at Nelson Hill with 13% Pommard from Ferrington Vineyard. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Shy, but pleasant aromas of black cherry and savory dried herbs. On the palate, the wine is pleasingly savory and fruity, with mid weight flavors of dark cherry, black raspberry, spice, herbs and a touch of toasty oak. Good harmony, with an array of dark fruits including blueberry, black cherry and pomegranate fanning out on the finish which leaves the slightest bit of warmth in its wake. Tasted twice. Score: 89. Reviewed February 26, 2016 ARTICLE »

2012 Nelson Hill Deep End Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., 260 cases, $40. Released May 15, 2015. This rocky, south-facing vineyard is located on a slope only a few miles from the Mendocino coastline. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. A mid weight plus styled wine with a very ripe fruit profile. Aromas of crushed cherries, spice cake, sassafras and complimentary oak lead to satisfying and sappy flavors of black cherry, black raspberry, cola, spice and toasty oak. The tannins are submerged, the mouthfeel is plush and velvety, and the finish shows impressive length and welcome juiciness. Score: 90. Reviewed February 26, 2016 ARTICLE »

2010 Nelson Hill Deep End Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., 300 cases, $42. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Shy initially, but opens nicely over time, offering scents of black cherry and sandalwood. Light to mid weight cherry essence that really pops like a cherry pie out of the oven. Silky in the mouth with balanced tannins and a very tasty and lively cherry-driven finish. Definitely better the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Score: 90. Reviewed February 8, 2015 ARTICLE »

2009 Nelson Hill Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., 205 cases, $34. Harvest Brix 24.9º. Clones 777, 114, 115 from Deep End Vineyard in Philo. 3-day cold soak, aged 12 months in 50% new French oak. Unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. The aromas and flavors of cherry and pomegranate fruits are offset by an unpleasant vegetal woodiness. Fully mature, with soft tannins. Score: 86. Reviewed July 28, 2014 ARTICLE »

2009 Nelson Hill Deep End Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., pH 3.82, 205 cases, $36. Released May 1, 2013. Clones are 777, 114 and 115. Aged 12 months in 50% new French oak barrels. Unfined and unfiltered. · Light reddish-purple color in the glass. Shy fruit on the nose with primary aromas of dried herbs and oak. Cherry fruit dominates accompanied by an offbeat earthy, herbal tone and some dry tannins. Decent. Reviewed June 23, 2013 ARTICLE »

2009 Nelson Hill Deep End Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., 300 cases, $42. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Aromatically pleasing with scents of black cherry, rose petal, spice and herbs. Moderately rich core of black cherry, black raspberry and pomegranate fruits backed by soft but supportive tannins. A slight herbal vein peeks out in the background. A little more ripeness than the 2010 vintage of this wine with a bigger, lush fruit-filled finish. Score: 89. Reviewed February 8, 2015 ARTICLE »



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