2004 Orchid Hills, Estate Pinot Noir, Paso Robles

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Press and Tasting Notes

This fine Burgundian varietal thrives on the calcareous-shale soil and cool breezes of the Templeton Gap. Long hang-time to ripeness produces vibrant cherry flavors, fresh and bright depth and complexity to the mid-palate. Dense and full-bodied for a Pinot Noir, Orchid Hill Pinot Noir is packed with vibrant cherry flavors framed by complex earth an ... Read More »

A Merchant's Pick


Featured August 31, 2009

THE REVIEW

What a find, what a value, what a wine! Pinot Noir has staked a claim in Paso Robles and the 2004 Orchid Hill is that region's icon.
    You can now look beyond Burgundy for age worthy Pinot that screams quality without the exorbitant price tag. While California has its fair share of phenomenal Pinot growing regions, the calcareous-shale soil and cool breezes of the Templeton Gap in Paso Robles might very well be the best of the best in the Western Hemisphere. This region may be best known for its Zinfandels, Syrahs and Cabernets, however, this Pinot producer has emerged as a standout.
    A bounty of blackberry, cherry, earth, and rich vanilla emanate from the glass. Mild tannins are balanced and have mellowed over the last five years producing a silky, velvety texture. Orchid Hill can stand up to a wide variety of food, especially grilled tuna or salmon - a great pairing for this Labor Day and more. Enjoy! Read More »

Region

California

The largest domestic wine growing region in the United States is by far California.  California wines took international recognition in the 1976 competition known as "The Judgement Of Paris."  In this famous blind tasting, California wines were pu ... Read More »