94 Points

William McPherson Hill, and early proponent of non-mission grapes in Sonoma County, founded his ranch in 1851. This vineyard, a parcel he and his descendants held onto until 1940, was over run by poison oak and blackberries when Otto Teller purchased the property in 1981. Teller cleared the brush to reveal vines that were nearly 100 years old, sustained on St. George rootstock. Rather than rip them out, he found an interested buyer for the fruit in Joel Peterson, who has made a single-vineyard wine from Old Hill since 1983. Will Bucklin, the current owner, conducted a census of those ancient vines and identified at least 14 varieties - mostly zinfandel, along with grenache, petite sirah, carignane and alicante bouschet. He continues to sell grapes to Peterson, who produced an elegant 2015 from the mix. It's bright and juicy, lasting on cherry freshness, with earthy tannins adding spice to the succulent fruit. This is a delicious California classic, remarkably easy to drink.

Wine & Spirits, June 2018
94 Points

Century-old grapevines have been restored to yield grapes of complexity and generosity. Aromas of bramble, heather, and cocoa create allure as pepper/capsicum spices the palate and intertwines with fine tannins. It's a standout.

The Tasting Panel, June 2018
93 Points

Brooding aromas of tar, licorice and smoked pepper open to deeply structured dark plum and orange zest flavors that power towards refined tannins. Best from 2019 through 2026.

T.F. - Wine Spectator, June 15, 2018



Add a Review
Prev Next
Product Reviews
Add A Product Review
E-Mail me when someone reviews this product
Leave this field blank:
Cart 0 items: $0.00


Qty Item Description Price Total
  Subtotal $0.00

View Cart

My Account
Log In

You must be of legal drinking
age in your country to enter this site.
Please enter your date of birth below
and press "Enter".

Are you years or older?


Verify age via Facebook

We support the Century Councils fight against underage drinking and drunk driving. To learn more, visit their website at: www.centurycouncil.org

We will not share your information or post to your Facebook wall without your permission.

Please enjoy our wines responsibly. © Bottle Collective, Canandaigua, NY

Our Privacy Policy and Terms & Conditions have changed. By using this website, you agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms and Conditions of use.