2012 Parmelee Hill Zinfandel

2012 Parmelee Hill Zinfandel

Sonoma Valley AVA

Durell's Vyd Icon | Member Favorite Producer

$19.99
Retail Price
$32.00
Savings
38%



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VARIETAL: Zinfandel

ALCOHOL: 15.00%

SIZE: 750ml

Ratings:

94 Insider points

 

Reviews:

The 2012 Parmalee-Hill Zinfandel showcases the warmer part of the Carneros estate that is planted; cool nights from the San Pablo Bay have given plenty of acid to this vintage. Bold red plum and spice highlight the fruit of this aged wine. Extra cellar time has treated the Parmalee-hill well, integration of the fruit and oak spice is complete and this wine is drinking well. -DZ 6/17

Why We're Drinking It:

Tasting Notes:

Concentrated licorice, blackberry and boysenberry fruit aromas and flavors are another signature of this vineyard each year and complement the dark chocolate and sappy dark fruit nuances that linger in the youthful finish.

The Story to Know:

Steve Hill and his wife Gwen Parmelee Hill purchased the first parcel of their Parmelee-Hill Vineyards property in 1994 and planted it with Syrah. In subsequent years Steve and Gwen purchased adjoining acreage, piecing together what is today the 70 acre Parmelee-Hill Vineyard.

Steve had known the property well, as it was once part of the celebrated Durell Ranch, although had never before been planted. Parmelee-Hill Vineyards lies in the Southwest corner of the Sonoma Valley Appellation, a stones throw from the Carneros line.

The heart of the Parmelee-Hill property sits on a knoll that faces the Sonoma Valley to the East and San Pablo Bay to the South. The climate is typical of coastal influenced areas. Morning fog retreats during warming midday hours. The warmth is commonly broken however by intense afternoon ocean winds that quickly drop the temperature. The fog sometimes retreats only as far as the Western hills until it blows back overhead fairly early in the afternoon. This type of climate tends to be self-restricting, resulting in naturally low-yielding vines producing fruit with intense flavor.

The unique Parmelee-Hill site allows the propagation of Syrah and Zinfandel on southwest and eastern facing slopes and Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Roussanne on the exposed rock and clay flats.

Grapes from Parmelee-Hill Vineyards are sold to such notable wineries as Armida, Loxton, Orin Swift, Patz and Hall, Ram's Gate, Saxon-Brown, Glen Lyon, Loring and Steele. Many of these wineries make a vineyard designate from the ranch. Click map for a larger image.

Steve continues to consult on the adjacent Durell Ranch, he has farmed since planting the first vines in 1979. He has a little bit of a head start when it comes to Syrah too. What is believed to be the first Vineyard Designate Syrah in Sonoma County was produced by Kendall Jackson and Edmunds St. John in the 1980’s from grapes grown by Steve next door on the Durell Ranch.

Steve and Ned keep an eye on every little detail, farming for world-class quality. The wines made from their grapes are the result of their constant commitment to grape growing excellence.

Perfect Pairings:

Pair with roasted New York Steak with caramelized onion jam and crispy fingerling potatoes.

The 2012 Parmalee-Hill Zinfandel showcases the warmer part of the Carneros estate that is planted; cool nights from the San Pablo Bay have given plenty of acid to this vintage. Bold red plum and spice highlight the fruit of this aged wine. Extra cellar time has treated the Parmalee-hill well, integration of the fruit and oak spice is complete and this wine is drinking well. -DZ 6/17

94 Insider points

 

Concentrated licorice, blackberry and boysenberry fruit aromas and flavors are another signature of this vineyard each year and complement the dark chocolate and sappy dark fruit nuances that linger in the youthful finish.

Steve Hill and his wife Gwen Parmelee Hill purchased the first parcel of their Parmelee-Hill Vineyards property in 1994 and planted it with Syrah. In subsequent years Steve and Gwen purchased adjoining acreage, piecing together what is today the 70 acre Parmelee-Hill Vineyard.

Steve had known the property well, as it was once part of the celebrated Durell Ranch, although had never before been planted. Parmelee-Hill Vineyards lies in the Southwest corner of the Sonoma Valley Appellation, a stones throw from the Carneros line.

The heart of the Parmelee-Hill property sits on a knoll that faces the Sonoma Valley to the East and San Pablo Bay to the South. The climate is typical of coastal influenced areas. Morning fog retreats during warming midday hours. The warmth is commonly broken however by intense afternoon ocean winds that quickly drop the temperature. The fog sometimes retreats only as far as the Western hills until it blows back overhead fairly early in the afternoon. This type of climate tends to be self-restricting, resulting in naturally low-yielding vines producing fruit with intense flavor.

The unique Parmelee-Hill site allows the propagation of Syrah and Zinfandel on southwest and eastern facing slopes and Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Roussanne on the exposed rock and clay flats.

Grapes from Parmelee-Hill Vineyards are sold to such notable wineries as Armida, Loxton, Orin Swift, Patz and Hall, Ram's Gate, Saxon-Brown, Glen Lyon, Loring and Steele. Many of these wineries make a vineyard designate from the ranch. Click map for a larger image.

Steve continues to consult on the adjacent Durell Ranch, he has farmed since planting the first vines in 1979. He has a little bit of a head start when it comes to Syrah too. What is believed to be the first Vineyard Designate Syrah in Sonoma County was produced by Kendall Jackson and Edmunds St. John in the 1980’s from grapes grown by Steve next door on the Durell Ranch.

Steve and Ned keep an eye on every little detail, farming for world-class quality. The wines made from their grapes are the result of their constant commitment to grape growing excellence.

Pair with roasted New York Steak with caramelized onion jam and crispy fingerling potatoes.