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2007 Phillips Hill Marguerite Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., 50 cases, $37. Sourced from a ridge top vineyard on the east side of the Anderson Valley located on the old Holmes Ranch property at 1,300 feet. Yields 2 tons per acre. Grafted from Chardonnay to Pinot Noir clones 115 and Molinari in 2002. Whole berry fermentation, 5 day cold soak, 16 days on skins. Unfined and unfiltered. Label says, “Here lives the inspirational possibility of reinvention mixed with a little jene sais quoi.” · Oak char and earth command the nose. Darker berries are featured but oak is the strongest player and thoroughly dominates the delicate fruit. Reviewed June 5, 2009

Winery: Phillips Hill Estates
From article: Anderson Noir Valley Pinot (Pt II)