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Philo Ridge Vineyards

Owner(s) Fred Buonanno, Heather McKelvey
Web site www.philoridge.com
 
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Philo Ridge Vineyards

Fred Buonanno and Heather McKelvey found their dream property high on a ridge in the Anderson Valley region. They purchased 40+ acres in 1999. Some of the property had been planted in 1976 to Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot by the original owner, Vernon Rose, of the now defunct Christine Woods Winery. The couple hired vineyardist Norman Koble to supervise planting of Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris on the property. Heather is the winemaker.

The winery and home in the hills above Boonville in the Anderson Valley is entirely run on solar and wind power.

They produce about 2,500 cases of eleven different red and white varietals from vineyards in Mendocino County. A tasting room is open Friday to Monday at 14125 Highway 128 in downtown Boonville.

Reviewed Wines

2009 Philo Ridge Vineyards Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., pH 3.57, TA 0.69, 455 cases, $32, release June 1, 2012. Sourced from Philo Ridge Vineyards and Ferrington Vineyards. Clones 115, 777, 667, Pommard and 2A. 100% de-stemmed, long cool fermentation, basket pressed, aged 24 months in 35% new French oak barrels. Unfined and unfiltered. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Fragrant with aromas of darker cherries and strawberries with a hint of mocha. Tasty core of mid weight fruit complimented by savory herbs and oak-driven accents, finishing with refreshing acidity. Good (+). Reviewed June 24, 2012 ARTICLE »

2009 Philo Ridge Vineyards Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., pH 3.57, TA 0.69, 455 cases, $34. Released June 1, 2012. Produced at the first 100% solar powered winery in the United States. Sourced from Philo Ridge Vineyards and Ferrington Vineyards. Clones are 115, 777, 667, Pommard and Wädenswil. Winemaker is Heather McKelvey. 100% de-stemmed, whole berry fermented, gentle pressing, aged 24 months in 35% new French oak barrels and the remainder in neutral oak barrels. Unfined and unfiltered. Aged 9 months in bottle before release. · Light reddish-purple color in the glass. Aromas of strawberries, clay, briar and herbal oak. Middleweight flavors of cherries, boysenberries and plum. A relatively mature wine with well integrated tannins and balanced acidity. Good. Reviewed June 23, 2013 ARTICLE »

2006 Philo Ridge Vineyards Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., 410 cases, $19. Released February 2010. Sourced from Ferrington Vineyard. Aged 22 months in 50% new French oak barrels and bottle aged for 9 months. · Moderately intense reddish-purple color in the glass. The nose is very floral with notes of forest floor and mint. An elegantly styled wine that is nicely flavored with cherries and spice. A value-play that tastes much better than it smells. Good. Reviewed June 8, 2010 ARTICLE »

2005 Philo Ridge Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

$32. Scheduled to be released soon. · Nice Pinot perfume including mineral-infused red cherries. Dry candy flavors with lively acidity. Needs a little time. Reviewed June 9, 2008 ARTICLE »

2005 Philo Ridge Vineyards Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.3% alc., 250 cases, $32. The fruit is sourced primarily from Ferrington Vineyard. Clones 115, 667 and 777. Picked at 23.5º Brix. Slow fermentation in 1-ton open top fermenters, 4 day cold soak, aged 18 months in 50% new French oak barrels. Aged 9 months in bottle before release. · Moderately light in color. The nose is very floral with a green note. Attractive flavors of fresh berries and cherries with a riff of oak. Soft and smooth with supple tannins. Reviewed June 5, 2009 ARTICLE »

2004 Philo Ridge Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

$28. Only a few cases left. · A very nice mature Pinot with secondary aromas of spice, cigar box, and leather. Red fruit driven with a touch of sherry evident. Reviewed June 9, 2008 ARTICLE »