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, encompassing 89,000 acres of gently rolling hills in northwest Yolo County, has a Mediterranean style climate. These climactic conditions, combined with wonderful air-drainage, make the appellation less frost prone in early spring and favor the grapes with cooler summer days than the rest of Sacramento Valley. However, it’s important to note that days are still very hot here.

Canadian-owned R. H. Phillips, the AVA’s pioneering winery, has a 1,300-acre vineyard and a state of the art winemaking facility. The winery is dedicated to continuing research to preserve the quality of fruit during harvest and fermentation. All wines made at R.H. Phillips are cold fermented and many of the grapes are actually harvested at night to minimize time in the hot sun and oxidation. In addition to the very successful classic French varietals, considerable work is also being done with southern Rhone varietals, which seem to be gaining substantial recognition. – Description from Appellation America (view original content)

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  • Tempranillo

    History of the grape: Origins of Tempranillo are murky. It could be indigenous to the Spanish countryside, or it coul...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Viognier

    History of the grape: Viognier is thought to be an indigenous grape of Croatia that was brought to the Rhone in Franc...

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  • Jl Giguiere Syrah Match Book 2004


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    Wine review by neebug

  • Rh Phillips Merlot 2005


    Very sharp bitter cocoa, red cherry, toast, and dried tarragon notes on the nose. This is decidedly medium bodied with a bright acid driven spice and soft tannins enmeshed in red, slight astringent fruits that recall cranberry and red currant more than they dark fruits typically associated with merlot. Fresh and crisp in the mouth if a touch a... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Rh Phillips Merlot 2005


    Fruity bite at finish. Good $10 wine Read More

    Wine review by Bertdog

  • R.H. Phillips Meritage Toasted Head Giguiere Ranch 2003


    Just had the 2001 Meritage and it was wonderful! It went perfect with Thanksgiving dinner. Many warm oaky notes with spice a fruit. Not too sweet and not too strong. A perfectly balanced red! Read More

    Wine review by bubbagrape

  • R. H. Phillips Vineyard White Zinfandel Night Harvest 2006


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    Wine review by shiny gem

  • Toasted Head Shiraz 2006


    1.2006 Toasted Head Shiraz Dunnigan Hills/Woodbridge, CA (13.5%) Color: medium ruby, Nose: fruity, a bit of oak, raspberry, Taste: needs to decant a bit, will let you know thenoaky, raspberry, cherry, a little chocolate, medium tannins, light pepper finish, light to medium finishLamarr: B (decent, but a weak finish, not a ton of flavors, was a ... Read More

    Wine review by lamarr

  • Matchbook Syrah Dunnigan Hills 2005


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    Wine review by sndvl99

  • Matchbook Syrah Dunnigan Hills 2005


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    Wine review by Heathen83

  • Well a scheduling snafu, and the fact that both NY football teams are in the ... ... powder.2005 Toasted Head Dunnigan Hills CA $13.00Groups#3 My#2This was fresh and easy and while it lacked a bit of focus it had solid and expressive fruit, decent complexity and integrated alcohol. Eden felt that from the nose I didnt think I was going to lik... Read More

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  • Wines Tasted:Flight 1 _ Sangiovese2005 J Pedroncelli Alto Vineyard Dry Creek ... ... 84pts.2005 Toasted Head Dunnigan Hills Syrah 86ptsThis week saw a first for us at Snooth, a split tasting! I had hoped to taste more Cal-Italians together in a large group but it just hasn't worked out quite that way so I cobbled together the samples we did h... Read More

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