Philo Ridge Vineyards
We decided to become a bonded winery in 2001 and we released our first vintage, all 167 cases of 2001 Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon in January of 2004. We were very pleased when our 2001 Syrah won a Silver medal in the San Francisco Chronicle competition. Our first submission of a commercial wine and we got a Silver, needless to say we were thrilled. Since that time we have entered a number of competitions with our wines and have done very well, including 90 points and Editor's Choice for the 2006 Pinot Noir in the July 2010 Wine Enthusiast. We also received Editor's Choice for the Gewurztraminer and Pinot Gris in the same edition.Our production is now up to 2200 cases and we continue to ratchet up our production. But we still make each wine by hand in small batches of between 90 to 450 cases each. Our goal is to make great wines that have complexity and exemplify the best their varietals have to offer your palate.
Pinot Noir is our primary wine but we have added Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris and Viognier to the mix for white wines and Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Vino di Mendocino and Coro in the reds. We expect to get no more than 2 tons per acre. Given the heavy red clay the Pinot is planted on our expectations will likely be met and we are only interested in producing quality grapes for our wine.