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Pillsbury Wine Company

Pillsbury Wine Company Pillsbury Wine Company is the brainchild of Sam Pillsbury, award-winning NZ and American film-maker (The Quiet Earth, Free Willy 3, Endless Bummer) and former co-owner of Dos Cabezas winery in Southeastern Arizona. Wine is his passion and Sam has done it all- from planting vines to serving Dos Cabezas wines at the White House. Dos Cabezas wines have received stellar reviews over the years and Sam is now ready to take his skills and experience in a new direction.

Our Pillsbury south tasting room is situated on the 100-acre Pillsbury Wine Company estate, just 14 miles SE of Willcox, Arizona. Located on the Willcox Bench in the Sulphur Springs Valley, we’re surrounded by the Dos Cabezas, Dragoons, and Chiricahua Mountains. Heading east across the railroad tracks for 5 miles on 186S leads you to the Kansas Settlement Road turn-off. Head south (right) for 5 miles to Robbs Road (unpaved)—turn left (east). Bennett Place is about 2.5 miles on your left. Follow the lane up past the vineyards to signs leading you to the tasting room and winery. If you’re adventurous and love a scenic route, depart from I-10 at the Dragoon Road exit. Follow the road south past the Amerind Museum and through the tiny town of Dragoon to I-191. Head south for about 6 miles to Birch Road; turn left (east). Birch connects to Kansas Settlement Road. Head north on KSR approximately 10 miles to Robbs Road. Turn right and follow the dirt road to Bennett Place and our door.

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6450 S. Bennett Place, Wilcox, AZ, US, 85654 Email:
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64.3 % Grenache, 21.4% Petite Sirah, 14.3% Mourvedre. This blend is a little more delicate than the 2006, and once again made with our ripest fruit and matured for 15 months in neutral American and new French oak. A fragrant wine with suggestions of super-ripe wild strawberry, macadamias, tobacco and bitter-sweet chocolate with ample tannins making it perfect for steak or barbecue and big rich casseroles. Not yet rated. The 2006 Diva got 88 points Wine Spectator , 'Best of Arizona'  San Francisco Examiner.
  Petite Sirah
Petite Sirah has intense nose and color when picked early, but is a bit dull on the fruit side and hence works as a good blender. Picked late at 28 brix as this monster was, it develops an intense, almost chewy chocolate-like quality and some real fruit complexity. We tend to avoid late-pick reds as the overripe fruit and high alcohol tends to obscure the complexity of the fruit, but Petite Sirah seems to come into its own when made like this. It is bone dry, has hints of intense black berry fruit, roasted cocoa, green apple, sweet blueberry, crème brulée and rose petal with big tannins. We like it served slightly chilled with brownies for desert.
  Pinot Gris ‘Casa Blanca’
We call this ‘Casa Blanca’ because the Pinot Gris made from these high altitude Arizona vines have twice been served at White House State Dinners. It has a nose of freshly chopped apple, followed by ripe peaches and apricots on the palate. We wanted a fresh clean food wine with good mouthfeel that would work as a sipper, and pair well with salads, seafood or lighter chicken dishes.
  Roan Red
93.2% Syrah, 6.8% Grenache. This wine, the Syrah an Aussie Shiraz clone we planted in the Arizona High Desert in 2000, is a much more intense wine than the 2006. This wine has a spicy nose, cherry/cranberry and dark berry fruit with silky tannins and hints of sweet walnut, cucumber and blood orange. Pair with lamb, pasta or robustly flavored chicken dishes.
  Rosé ‘One Night Stand’
Our first Rosé, made from vines of a mysterious origin which we pulled after harvest, was nicknamed ‘One Night Stand’, which name (for unknown reasons) was enthusiastically embraced by the female population! Provençal style ‘onion skin’ pink with hints of watermelon, red cherry and strawberry on the nose, bright and refreshing in the mouth, with a clean finish. Great for summer sipping, it will pair well with any light fare, especially salads, fresh fruit, and cheese and crackers.


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