Red

2008 Phillips Hill Pinot Noir Oppenlander Vineyard

Pinot Noir

  • USA
  • California
  • North Coast
  • Mendocino
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Community Tasting Notes 33

  • CPSchoeff Likes this wine: 90 points

    January 10, 2019 - Clear garnet. Woodsy, black cherry, bit of overt ripeness. Cherry, cedar followed by ripe cranberry. Good depth and middle weight. Nice acid, good balance despite the marked 14% alcohol. No decline noticed here, but drinking well.

    Bought this as a one off, and it must have been stored well, as it showed no signs of aging or decline. Generally a big fan of Phillips Hill and really like the recent releases (2013 onward) so was happy to grab an older vintage. Having tasted quite a few of the smoke-tainted wines from Mendo/AV 2008, I was pleasantly surprised to find that this did not come through in either the nose or the flavors. I've noted a wild strawberry thing from Oppenlander before that I don't get in this wine. Either way, this is a good sendoff to a few weeks of no wine! Had this with a Blanquette de veau. The wine showed better with the meal than after.

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  • whudock Likes this wine: 89 points

    October 11, 2018 - still has strong fruit and complexity

  • IlonaN wrote: 88 points

    March 19, 2017 - Held up well, showing good layered complexity on nose and palate with zesty spiciness on the finish.

  • rhsphd7@gmail.com wrote: 90 points

    April 18, 2015 - Last of the 08s with the smoke. Let it sit and open and really enjoyed

  • joraesque wrote:

    July 26, 2014 - I had stored this at about 65 degrees and it is now past its prime, exhibiting mostly notes of stewed cherry, with round tannins and a slight hint of smoke in the background. Seemed to have been marginally better after 30 minutes of air.

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Burghound

  • By Allen Meadows
    October 2011, Issue #44 (link)

    (Phillips Hill Estates Pinot Noir - Oppenlander Vineyard Villages Red) Subscribe to see review text.

Vinous

  • By Josh Raynolds
    May/June 2011, IWC Issue #156 (link)

    (Phillips Hill Pinot Noir Oppenlander Vineyard Mendocino) Subscribe to see review text.

RJonWine.com

  • By Richard Jennings
    6/27/2010 (link) 89 points

    (Phillips Hill Pinot Noir Oppenlander Vineyard) Cherry, baked cherry, smoke nose; tasty, tart cherry palate with a touch of smoke; medium finish

  • By Richard Jennings
    4/27/2010 (link) 86 points

    (Phillips Hill Pinot Noir Oppenlander Vineyard) Cherry, smoke nose; cherry, smoke palate; medium finish

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2008
  • Type Red
  • Producer Phillips Hill
  • Varietal Pinot Noir
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Oppenlander Vineyard
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion North Coast
  • Appellation Mendocino

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  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 120 (38%)
  • Consumed 193 (62%)

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