2014 William Hill Chardonnay

Year: 2014
Appellation: Napa Valley
Country: USA - California
Wine Advocate: 88
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.9%
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"The 2014 Chardonnay comes from Napa, primarily southern sectors, although there is some St. Helena and Rutherford fruit in it. It was put through 100% malolactic fermentation and aged sur lie in a combination of new and used American oak. The wine offers toast and vanillin, has loads of lemon custard and poached pear notes, a medium body and good, fresh, lively fruit. Drink it over the next several 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)

Winery Notes:
The grapes for our William Hill Estate Napa Valley Chardonnay were harvested by hand and gently pressed as whole clusters. The majority of this wine was fermented at an ambient cellar temperature of 65°F, with selected juice lots racked off gross lees to retain the fine lees for fermentation. Following primary fermentation, the majority of this wine underwent malolactic fermentation and sur lie aging in a combination of new and used oak barrels. The lees were stirred by hand weekly through the winter and early spring to enhance the creamy mouthfeel of this Chardonnay. Only the finest, most expressive lots made it into the final blend.

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