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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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  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Tempranillo

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

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Dunnigan Hills on Snooth

  • 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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  • Matchbook Syrah Dunnigan Hills 2004

    Snoothrank:

    wow, a really great, powerful, deep, dark, juicy, and a little spicy in the end syrah blend; the alcohol in the end is kind of apparent but all the other flavors that your mouth was taking in make it not such a big deal. Read More

    Wine review by barri0s1872


  • R.h. Phillips Cabernet Sauvignon Toasted Head Usa California North Coast 2002

    Snoothrank:

    This is a spicy cab, which is my preference, but it might turn others off. Snooth is listing it at $28.99, but you can get it in S. CA for 1/2 that. Read More

    Wine review by Cheri


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