Nelson Hill Winery

Owner(s) Barbara Hill, Gregory Hill
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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.

The Deep End Vineyard is planted with Dijon 114, 115 and 777 with a small amount of Pommard clone.

Reviewed Wines

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 »