2014 Parmelee Hill Estate Chardonnay

2014 Parmelee Hill Estate Chardonnay

Sonoma Valley *Micro-Lot Production

Kistler+Patz & Hall's Famed Site | Pre-Release

$19.99
Retail Price
$45.00
Savings
56%



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VARIETAL: Chardonnay

ALCOHOL: 14.50%

SIZE: 750ml

Ratings:

93 Insider Points 

91 Points & Gold Medal - Beverage Testing Institute

Reviews:

The expression of fruit and minerality in this 2014 release from Parmelee Hill is through the roof, wonderful texture and a vibrant acidity make for a very enjoyable glass of wine.  This is classic Sonoma Chardonnay, with juicy fruit, plenty of caramel, spice and buttered popcorn on the palate, and a very pleasant finish.  Chardonnay fans will enjoy this on it’s own, but you can also pair it with most chicken and seafood dishes with great success.  Don’t miss this friends-and-family price on a top shelf Chardonnay from the great Parmelee Hill Vineyard in Sonoma Valley.  Enjoy now through 2020. - DZ Aug 2017

"Gold color. Aromas of apple pie, lemon sorbet, mango coulis, and chimichuri with an bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-long baked apple, kalamata olive, and oak box finish with fine, silky, fruit tannins and no oak. A wonderfully savory Chardonnay for effortless dinner pairings." - Beverage Testing Institute

Why We're Drinking It:

Not yet available anyplace else—even from Parmelee-Hill itself!—this just-bottled, micro-produced 2014 from a 94-point year for Sonoma Chardonnay is pure perfection.

Our friend Steve Hill is a superstar grape farmer, and his estate vineyard on the border of Carneros is home to some of the most coveted fruit going. Kistler makes a Chardonnay from this site. So does Loring and Patz & Hall. Though wineries like these are ready to snap up as much Parmelee Hill Vineyard fruit as they can get their hands on—Hill keeps a tiny bit of juice to bottle under his own equally tiny label.

Working alongside his son Ned, Steve crafts miniscule amounts of single-vineyard cuvees that rarely make it to retail shelves. Their 2013 is multi-layered and supremely expressive of its place of origin, with exotic fruit flavors playing of bright citrus notes, ending with a rich texture accented by minerals and subtle toast. 


Reasons why we love it:

  • All the fruit for this Chardonnay was hand picked at night in order to retain acidity and perfect levels of sugar. Newly picked bunches are moved throughout the winery by gravity only, and all grapes undergo at least three separate hand sortings to remove smaller, unripe berries and tiny bits of stem.
  • The brand new 2014 vintage is a winner throughout the county thanks to a growing season of continued warmth and famously little rain. The Wall Street Journal writes: “Someday, when California’s persistent drought is finally over, wine lovers may lift a glass to its memory, toasting the extraordinary 2014 vintage it made possible.”
  • Family owned, and about as small potatoes as a winery can get in California, Parmelee Hill is operated by Steve Hill, consultant of Durell Vineyards. The “Parmelee” in this estate’s name comes from Steve’s wife, Gwen Parmelee.
  • Because of its varied topography and proximity to both the San Pablo Bay and the coast, Parmelee Hill Vineyard offers perfect conditions to both warm and cool-weather varieties, with Chardonnay prospering in the fog-enshrouded flat plots.
Tasting Notes:

Fruity, Crisp & Lively, Juicy & Smooth & Savory. Bright golden in color, this Chardonnay offers lively and creamy aromas and flavors of apple pie, lemon sorbet, mango coulis, and chimichuri. The wine is full-bodied, silky and bright with lingering notes of baked apple, kalamata olive, and oak box.

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, Orin Swift, Patz and Hall, Ram's Gate, Glen Lyon, Loring and Steele. Many of these wineries make a vineyard designate from the ranch. Click map for a larger image.

Steve's experience comes from growing the world renowned Durell Vineyards grapes for over 35 years since their planting in 1979. 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:

This wine will pair nicely with Feta, Roasted Chicken, and Boiled Lobster. 

Not yet available anyplace else—even from Parmelee-Hill itself!—this just-bottled, micro-produced 2014 from a 94-point year for Sonoma Chardonnay is pure perfection.

Our friend Steve Hill is a superstar grape farmer, and his estate vineyard on the border of Carneros is home to some of the most coveted fruit going. Kistler makes a Chardonnay from this site. So does Loring and Patz & Hall. Though wineries like these are ready to snap up as much Parmelee Hill Vineyard fruit as they can get their hands on—Hill keeps a tiny bit of juice to bottle under his own equally tiny label.

Working alongside his son Ned, Steve crafts miniscule amounts of single-vineyard cuvees that rarely make it to retail shelves. Their 2013 is multi-layered and supremely expressive of its place of origin, with exotic fruit flavors playing of bright citrus notes, ending with a rich texture accented by minerals and subtle toast. 


Reasons why we love it:

  • All the fruit for this Chardonnay was hand picked at night in order to retain acidity and perfect levels of sugar. Newly picked bunches are moved throughout the winery by gravity only, and all grapes undergo at least three separate hand sortings to remove smaller, unripe berries and tiny bits of stem.
  • The brand new 2014 vintage is a winner throughout the county thanks to a growing season of continued warmth and famously little rain. The Wall Street Journal writes: “Someday, when California’s persistent drought is finally over, wine lovers may lift a glass to its memory, toasting the extraordinary 2014 vintage it made possible.”
  • Family owned, and about as small potatoes as a winery can get in California, Parmelee Hill is operated by Steve Hill, consultant of Durell Vineyards. The “Parmelee” in this estate’s name comes from Steve’s wife, Gwen Parmelee.
  • Because of its varied topography and proximity to both the San Pablo Bay and the coast, Parmelee Hill Vineyard offers perfect conditions to both warm and cool-weather varieties, with Chardonnay prospering in the fog-enshrouded flat plots.

The expression of fruit and minerality in this 2014 release from Parmelee Hill is through the roof, wonderful texture and a vibrant acidity make for a very enjoyable glass of wine.  This is classic Sonoma Chardonnay, with juicy fruit, plenty of caramel, spice and buttered popcorn on the palate, and a very pleasant finish.  Chardonnay fans will enjoy this on it’s own, but you can also pair it with most chicken and seafood dishes with great success.  Don’t miss this friends-and-family price on a top shelf Chardonnay from the great Parmelee Hill Vineyard in Sonoma Valley.  Enjoy now through 2020. - DZ Aug 2017

"Gold color. Aromas of apple pie, lemon sorbet, mango coulis, and chimichuri with an bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-long baked apple, kalamata olive, and oak box finish with fine, silky, fruit tannins and no oak. A wonderfully savory Chardonnay for effortless dinner pairings." - Beverage Testing Institute

93 Insider Points 

91 Points & Gold Medal - Beverage Testing Institute

Fruity, Crisp & Lively, Juicy & Smooth & Savory. Bright golden in color, this Chardonnay offers lively and creamy aromas and flavors of apple pie, lemon sorbet, mango coulis, and chimichuri. The wine is full-bodied, silky and bright with lingering notes of baked apple, kalamata olive, and oak box.

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, Orin Swift, Patz and Hall, Ram's Gate, Glen Lyon, Loring and Steele. Many of these wineries make a vineyard designate from the ranch. Click map for a larger image.

Steve's experience comes from growing the world renowned Durell Vineyards grapes for over 35 years since their planting in 1979. 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.

This wine will pair nicely with Feta, Roasted Chicken, and Boiled Lobster.