2014 William Hill Bench Blend Proprietary Red Blend

Year: 2014
Appellation: Napa Valley
Country: USA-California
Wine Advocate: 90
Wine Enthusiast: 90
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 15.0%
Price :

33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Petite Sirah, 24% Merlot, 18% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec

"The 2014 Proprietary Red Bench Blend is 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Petite Sirah, 24% Merlot, 18% Petit Verdot and a final 1% of other varieties. It was aged 16 months in American and French oak with less than one-fifth new. A big wine (15% alcohol) with loads of up-front chocolaty dark raspberry, blackberry and other assorted berry fruit as well as earthiness underbrush and spice, it is medium to full-bodied, fleshy and ideal for drinking over the next 5-7 years.

This is probably the best set of wines I have ever tasted from William Hill Estate Winery, a producer that burst onto the scene with a brilliant 1978 Cabernet Sauvignon and then seemed to squander the early accolades, content with producing average-quality wines. Things certainly have taken an uptick under Gallo’s ownership." (WA)

"This rich, chocolaty blend combines Cabernet Sauvignon and other Bordeaux varieties with 24% Petite Sirah. Deep red cherry and cassis flavors form its juicy core—a full-bodied expression accented by leather and espresso, and offset by a showy backbone of acidity." (WE)

Winery Notes:
The grapes for our William Hill Estate Napa Valley Bench Blend were fermented on the skins in upright, stainless steel tanks at a maximum temperature of 90°F. All the lots were separately drained and pressed, using only free run juice. After fermentation, the wine was aged for 16 months in barrels of French oak (14% new) and American oak (7 % new).