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Wine Reviews 2015 VHR Cabernet Sauvignon

Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Independent,  <span>Aug. 3, 2022</span>

“2015 was a very hot vintage,” said Vine Hill Ranch’s managing partner, Bruce Phillips. “It was a swift two-week harvest period when we usually harvest over 4–5 weeks. I didn’t think this vintage would come around, but I love it now.”

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon sings of wild blueberries, kirsch, juicy black currants, and espresso, with wafts of tapenade, cedar, and charcuterie. Full-bodied, the palate is bright and seducingly flamboyant, featuring chewy tannins with a lively backbone, finishing long and layered. Simply delicious! Composed of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, 854 cases were made.  95 pts.

Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media,  <span>Jan. 2018</span>

Proprietors Bruce and Heather Phillips, along with the team headed by viticulturist Mike Wolf and winemaker Françoise Peschon are making world-class wine at Vine Hill Ranch. The most impressive thing about Vine Hill Ranch is not the 2015 nor the 2016, but the lots I tasted on my most recent visit that have been excluded from the 2016 blend. The unused lots, some of which are better than the 2016s at many other estates, show the total commitment to quality that is at the heart of Vine Hill Ranch. I can still remember tasting the debut 2008 years ago. That wine was compelling. Since then, Vine Hill Ranch has gone on to even greater heights. Readers should do whatever they can to taste these magical Cabernets.

The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is gorgeous. Above all else, I am impressed with how much freshness the 2015 shows. Racy red cherry, plum, rose petal and lavender notes fill out the wine’s sumptuous frame. Bottled just a few months ago, the 2015 is a bit reticent, but it is nevertheless impressive. Time in the glass brings out the wine’s natural radiance.   96+ pts.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Advocate,, Issue #234  <span>Dec. 2017</span>

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon open with cedar notions over a cassis, warm blackberries and black cherries core with hints of spice box, garrigue and bay leaves. Full bodied, firm and grainy with nice vibrant fruit expression, it has lots of oak at this youthful but that should marry nicely with a further 3-4 years in bottle.   94+ pts.

Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media,  <span>Dec. 2016</span>

The 2015 is a totally sumptuous, head-turning wine with almost unnatural richness and intensity. A burst of dark red and bluish fruit makes a strong opening statement. Some of the more savory and floral notes that are typical of Vine Hill Ranch appear with time in the glass, but the 2015 is above all else a wine of sumptuous texture and sensuality.   94–97 pts.

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