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Great roots!

The recent release of the VHR Cabernet Sauvignon from Vine Hill Ranch, Katharine’s Napa Valley”roots”, is receiving rave reviews. Here’s the most recent from esteemed wine critic Antonio Galloni in his wine blog Vinous:

The 2013s from Vine Hill Ranch, block by block

It’s hard to believe just how far Bruce and Heather Phillips have come in just a few years. Of course, the Phillips family has been supplying grapes to some of the Napa Valleys top wineries for decades, but that is not the same as making wine. Ever since their debut vintage 2008, the Phillipses have quietly but surely staked out a place for themselves among the top producers in Napa Valley. Vineyard guru Mike Wolf and Winemaker Françoise Peschon bring an extraordinary level of passion to Vine Hill Ranch that is evident in every detail.

Vine Hill Ranch currently produces just one wine, which is a blend of six separate blocks on the property. The 2013 harvest was a full three weeks ahead of 2012. Peschon opted to leave the wines on their lees as long as possible. The 2013s were racked in March, right after the malos finished. The five blocks of Cabernet Sauvignon in this tasting are all vivid and remarkably different. Block 6L, the single largest component, is drop-dead gorgeous. Petit Verdot has yet to be used in a final blend at Vine Hill Ranch, but the 2013 is beyond beautiful. The 2012, tasted just prior to bottling, could turn out to be one of the wines of the vintage. I also had a chance to re-visit the 2010 and 2011 from bottle. Both wines confirm their place among the best wines of their respective years. Readers who haven’t tasted Vine Hill Ranch owe it to themselves to do so. This is without question one of the most exciting properties in Napa Valley today.

– Antonio Galloni

Hearty congratulations to Katharine’s brother, Bruce, and his wife, Heather, for spearheading the project, and to the passionate and dedicated wine-making team!

VHR, Farming Napa Valley History, Wine Spectator

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Congratulations Bob Phillips, (aka Daddy) for well-deserved accolades in this month’s Wine Spectator!

“In the 1960’s, Bob Phillips, now 89, transformed the Vine Hill Ranch, where fruit orchards and hay fields once stood, into one of the most sought after vineyards in Napa Valley for Cabernet Sauvignon. Bruce Cakebread, who has bought grapes from Vine Hill Ranch since 1981, says of Phillips, “He’s really dedicated to his vineyard. We’ve gone through replants and phylloxera together, and he’ll go to the Nth degree to grow the best grapes”.

The 70-acre vineyard, nestled between Harlan Estate and Dominus in the southwestern corner of Oakville, undulates from the benchlands to the foothills of the Mayacamas Mountains, with seven different blocks all dedicated to Cabernet. It’s in Phillips’ modest nature to have chosen farming over winemaking, and he’s sold grapes to some of Napa’s finest producers, including Cakebread, Etude, Lail and Bond. One of the first to source his vineyard was Andre Tchelistcheff for his Georges de Latour bottlings at Beaulieu Vineyards.”

A true inspiration. XOXO Kat

VHR Launches in New York City

youngkatharinenapaonhorseKatharine and her older sister on horseback, with Mom and Dad leading, at Vine Hill Ranch, 1960s

Kahina Giving Beauty founder and CEO Katharine Phillips L’Heureux is proud to host the New York launch for VHR Friday, September 16, 2011.  VHR stands for Vine Hill Ranch, the Phillips’ family vineyard located in Yountville, California in the Napa Valley.  After multiple generations of providing grapes to premium wineries, Vine Hill Ranch has now produced their own, inaugural vintage: VHR Cabernet Sauvignon 2008, a boutique wine available in limited quantities.  VHR prides itself on its heritage, sustainable farming practices, andclose attention to the land and its harvest.  Each bottle label gives information on the year blocks were planted and the date harvested, cases produced, yield, and the grower, Katharine’s father William Robert Phillips.  For more information or to procure, visit the Vine Hill Ranch website.

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