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I am attempting to set a record as the slowest blogger in the world – this is yet another excellent wine I tasted during Wine Bloggers Conference last month.  On Sunday evening, following the WBC vineyard hike at Quivira, I headed over to Jill Klein and Steve Matthiasson’s home for a BBQ.

Jill and Steve invited a handful of other bloggers as well as their friends and several other wine makers.  In addition to great conversations, excellent fresh food (love the peaches Jill), there was of course an abundance of wine available that evening.  It’s always fun to attend events when wine makers bring their own wines – watching the looks of anticipation on their face as people try their wine is great. 

Of the 40 or so wines available at the BBQ that evening, there were several standouts – the Phillips Hill 2007 Corby Vineyard Pinot Noir being one of them.

BBQ Table

Phillips Hill 2007 Corby Vineyard Pinot Noir    –  Located in Northern Anderson Valley (Philo).  One word = Excellent.  The retail price of this wine is $40/bottle on the Phillips Hill website.  Just 350 cases produced.  The wine is unfined and unfiltered.  Nose of freshly picked strawberries and raspberries along with cherry and a slight hint of earth.  Exceptionally smooth mouthfeel – bordering on light.  Flavors of more raspberries, cherry, spice, and the blue flowers (can’t remember their correct name, but know them as the little blue flowers).  Aged 11 months in oak (40% new), which was evident in the mouth, but well matched by the fruit. 

Phillips Hill

Thank you Jill and Steve for having all of us over – in addition to making exceptional wine, you are great hosts!