R. H. Phillips Toasted Head Merlot Dunnigan Hills 2008

External Review by Premium Wine & Spirits:

From this appellation in the Delta region east of San Francisco, a warm-country Bordeaux blend of four varietals dominated by Merlot. Itrsquo;s soft and flavorful, with melted tannins, and glides smoothly across the palate.

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R. H. Phillips Winery & Vineyard:
R.H. Phillips Winery, nestled in the Dunnigan Hills northwest of of Sacremento, was founded in 1983 by brothers Karl and John Giguiere along with John’s wife Lane.  Twenty-eight years later the Giguiere’s continue to produce quality wine with the help of winemakers Blake Kuhn and Owen Smith. Known for their Toasted Head brand wines, the winery sits on 1,700 acres and is a favorite site for weddings and other special events.
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External Reviews for R. H. Phillips Toasted Head Merlot Dunnigan Hills

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

From this appellation in the Delta region east of San Francisco, a warm-country Bordeaux blend of four varietals dominated by Merlot. Itrsquo;s soft and flavorful, with melted tannins, and glides smoothly across the palate.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Unlike the many lackluster Merlots one may find on store shelves, Toasted Head Merlotrsquo;s complex aromas of toast and molasses, anise, red berries, and leather prepare the drinker wonderfully well for the bright raspberry and lush black cherry flavors which follow. A spicy midpalate and a toasty vanilla finish complete the tasting experience. The full yet balanced tannins make it drinkable while young or worthy of aging.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Aromas and flavors of cassis and red berry fruit with toffee, chocolate and vanilla oak nuances. Try this full-bodied Merlot with skirt steak with caramelized onions or a rustic beef bourguignon.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Complex aromas and flavors of bright cherry, roasted coffee and vanilla, with hints of dried herbs and spice. Tannins are firm, but balanced, given the very ripe style of the wine and its oodles of toasty oak.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

From this appellation in the Delta region east of San Francisco, a warm-country Bordeaux blend of four varietals dominated by Merlot. It's soft and flavorful, with melted tannins, and glides smoothly across the palate.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Unlike the many lackluster Merlots one may find on store shelves, Toasted Head Merlot's complex aromas of toast and molasses, anise, red berries, and leather prepare the drinker wonderfully well for the bright raspberry and lush black cherry flavors which follow. A spicy midpalate and a toasty vanilla finish complete the tasting experience. The full yet balanced tannins make it drinkable while young or worthy of aging.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Shows real finesse and polish in the smooth, dusty texture and overall balance. The flavors are earthy-fruity, suggesting coffee, blackberries and plums, with lots of palate-stimulating spices. Easy to find with 48,000 cases produced.


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