“This wine rocks through and through.”

— Wine Enthusiast



December, 2013

Top 100 Wines of 2013

San Francisco Chronicle

"2010 Holly's Hill Petit Patriarche El Dorado Red ($20, 14.5%):
The Cooper family's tiny Placerville label remains a top source for affordable, minerally Rhone-inspired wines. This mix of 86 percent Mourvedre with Grenache and Syrah, aged in neutral oak, provides a beautiful foothills expression: Flowers, white pepper and dried thyme accent fresh red berry fruit. Mourvedre to enjoy in the moment.

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December, 2012

Top 100 Wines of 2012

San Francisco Chronicle

"2011 Holly's Hill El Dorado Viognier ($20, 13.7%): The Cooper family's gorgeous hillside plantings outside Placerville is a sweet spot for Rhone-native whites. Flourishy and floral, with sachet, ginger, beeswax and mandarin orange — and the foothills' mineral tension. A great example of a cool vintage aiding a grape that needs to be perfected on the edge of ripeness."

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November, 2011

91 Points, 2009 Mourvedre Classique

Wine Enthusiast Magazine

"Now we're talking. A robust yet restrained take on Mourvedre from a Rhone specialist in El Dorado, this wine rocks through and through, tasting of dark cherry tart and following that up with excellent texture and length. A 100% version of the variety that might convert doubters of this grape and further prove pockets of the Sierra Foothills' potential are real. Plus at $20, why not try it out?"

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July 21, 2010

Mike Dunne's Wine of the Week: 2009 El Dorado Viognier

Sacramento Bee

"Josh Bendick was starting to sound nervous as we chatted by phone in May. He was at the family winery, Holly's Hill Vineyards, 2700 feet up the Sierra, just south of Placerville in El Dorado County.
I'd called just after tasting for the first time the newly released Holly's Hill Vineyards 2009 El Dorado Viognier. Josh Bendick and his wife Carrie Bendick make only wines from grapes long associated with France's Rhone Valley - viognier, roussanne, mourvedre, grenache, syrah and the like.

They've been doing this for a decade now. Their approach to applying the traditions of the Rhone Valley to grapes grown in upstart California is studious and precise. With energy, elegance and equilibrium, their wines speak profoundly and consistently of the future of Rhone Valley varieties in California. When a method isn't yielding a wine to meet the high standards they've set for themselves, they don't hesitate to tweak it.

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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.

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October, 2006

Gold Country Autumn Sunset Magazine

Once beautiful but sleepy, this region is now beautiful but sophisticated. Good new restaurants are popping up in unexpected places. Even more strikingly, an influx of creative new winemakers has made the Gold Country one of the most fascinating wine regions in the West.

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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