2015 Pheasant Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir

89 points, The Wine Advocate

The 2015 Pinot Noir Pheasant Hill was aged for nine months in 86% used French oak (mostly neutral), with some 14% new wood. It comes in at 13.7% alcohol. Beautifully textured, fresh and elegant, this adds ripe fruit with the vivid flavors that are sometimes hard to find in the region. While plenty of flavor is there, it is controlled and serious. The mid-palate depth is average but adequate. It shows well in that regard for the region, style and grape. Very well done overall, it adds a little sexiness with its caressing texture, touches of silk turning to velvet, and lingers nicely. This is the debut of this single-vineyard Pinot and it is an impressive one. Let's be just a bit conservative right now and let it prove what it has in the cellar. If it can actually develop in the cellar, it could be entitled to an uptick. There were 168 cases produced. -Mark Squires, The Wine Advocate


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