The desert hills which line the town of Oliver come alive in the spring with sage and flowers. This changing of the season brings with it the return of songbirds to the desert’s hills, and the release of the much anticipated 2016 vintage to Desert Hills Winery. Built atop a low ridge on Oliver’s Black Sage Road, and looking out over the valley below. Desert Hills has grown quite literally out of its very namesake through the hard work and vision of the Toor brothers – Randy, Jessie, and Dave.
As was always envisioned by the Toor brothers, the wines reflect the unique terroir of Oliver’s sandy soil. And their hard work and dedication has been rewarded with many awards over the years and accolades from locals and visitors alike. The new season promises to bring one of their finest vintages yet, particularly for the ever-popular Gamay Noir; along with the long-awaited return of the Sauvignon Blanc.
2016 Sauvignon Blanc
Not your typical Sauvignon Blanc. While aspects of this wine could be compared to a New Zealand style, in the form of its pleasant citric body and mild acidity, this varietal displays distinctive notes unique to the desert terroir of Oliver in which it grew. Expect a pleasant herbal aroma of grass clippings and the distinctive hint of apple which follows on the palate.

2016 Gamay Noir
This rich, fruit forward red meets the nose with a soft but prominent aroma of spice. Followed on the palate with prominent hints of dark fruits, especially black cherry, then all of which is wrapped in subtle earthy tones. It is surely one of the finest vintages of this popular wine yet, and easily the most lush and fruitful. Don’t be afraid to cellar for 5 to 8 years to really elevate the profile of this wine.

(pictured: winemaker Anthony Buchanan)

~Blake Allen