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June 30, 2008

Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

"Several attractive efforts from El Dorado include the Holly's Hill 2005 Patriarch Proprietary Red, a blend of 40% Mouvedre, 36% Syrah and the rest Grenache and Counoise. This sexy, soft, earthy, berry fruit driven wine possesses plenty of spice and pepper notes. Attractive, medium-bodied, and meant for near-term consumption, it is a tasty California interpretation of a French Cotes du Rhone.

The medium-bodied 2005 Syrah Wylie-Fenaughty Vineyard exhibits plenty of black currant and cherry characteristics along with notions of loam soil, damp earth, pepper and roasted herbs. It represents a reasonably good value. Drink it over the next 3-4 years. While straight forward and one-dimensional, the 2007 Viognier Holly''s Hill Vineyard will provide pleasant, uncritical quaffing over the next year."

  • 2005 Patriarche  88 Points
  • 2005 Wylie-Fenaughty Syrah 87 Points
  • 2007 Viognier 85 Points

About Holly's Hill Vineyards

Nestled in the beautiful Sierra Foothills in El Dorado County and Pleasant Valley, Holly's Hill Vineyards specializes in producing Rhone varietal wines. In fact, the estate vineyards are composed entirely of Rhone varieties including Viognier, Roussanne, Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah, and Counoise. The winery produces varietal wines, a dry Rosé, and red and white blends. The enthusiasm for Rhone varieties at Holly's Hill started when Tom and Holly Cooper (owners) shared their first bottle of Chateauneuf du Pape on their honeymoon. It's been a love affair ever since.


Holly’s Hill Vineyards
3680 Leisure Lane
Placerville, CA 95667