The pinnacle of our red wine portfolio, our Benchmark Red Blend displays a combination of power, structure and site-specificity and is a tribute to our estate vineyard. The complex and full-bodied 2017 vintage is balanced and refined. Tones of blueberry liqueur, raspberry pie and black currant combine aromatically in the glass with hints of camphor and dark chocolate. Merlot and Petite Verdot effortlessly support the blend, simultaneously adding depth and silkiness to the layered profile. On the palate, lush tannins carry over a long, lingering finish.
Crafted entirely from our estate vineyard on the Silverado Bench, this wine is a phenomenal expression of what the William Hill Estate is capable of. Our Winemaker’s Series Cabernet Franc offers notes of fresh berry cobbler with caramel and toffee accents. A rounded, juicy mouthfeel balances with savory spice notes from the barrel for a complex and lingering finish.
Our Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon combines generous fruit-forwardness with a structured and polished mouthfeel. The wine opens with enticing aromas of ripe dark fruit, cedar and spice. On the palate, black cherry and plum mingle with lingering notes of sage and licorice. Full-bodied and well-rounded, this Cabernet Sauvignon boasts beautiful acidity, fine tannins and a long finish. Enjoy now after an hour of decanting or lay it down in the cellar, as it will age wonderfully for 5-10 years.
The pinnacle of our white wine portfolio, Benchmark Chardonnay was created as a complement to our Benchmark Red Blend. Benchmark Chardonnay begins with some of the most exclusive Napa Valley vineyards and is a barrel selection of some of the most coveted fruit from these sites. A beautiful pale gold straw in the glass, the 2019 vintage opens with ripe aromas of apricot, peach and yuzu backed by sweet notes of pie crust and praline. Notes of salted caramel, chamomile and baked bread are unveiled on the structured palate that boasts viscosity that lingers.
Our 2016 Petit Verdot opens with powerful dark fruit aromas followed by notes of ripe plum, black cherry and blackberry jam on the palate. On the nose, hints of cardamom, star anise, fennel and cedar make for a deeply layered experience in the glass. Bold tannins provide a sturdy structure for this full-bodied wine, culminating in a long, lingering finish. We recommend decanting this wine for an hour or better yet, laying it down in your cellar – this is a Petit Verdot for the ages
Our Winemaker's wines are crafted from select blocks on Napa Valley’s finest vineyards to display intense fruit flavors and layers of complexity. The deeply-flavored, silky 2015 Winemaker's Series Cabernet Franc opens with aromas of bright blackberry and juicy plum. On the palate, rich flavors of black cherry, blackberry and cola meld with light waves of toasted oak, tilled earth, licorice, nutmeg and black pepper. This medium-bodied wine has a savory mouthfeel and fine-grained tannins that create a clean, bright finish that lingers.
The inaugural Benchmark Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is the ultimate expression of our home vineyard in the Silverado Bench. The 2018 vintage is comprised entirely of fruit micro-selected from the finest rows from the leading block of Cabernet Sauvignon on the estate. Aromas of blackcurrant, grilled plum, graphite and Herbs de Provence leap out of the glass while flavors of crème de cassis and black fruit coat the palate. Highly structured with good viscosity, this wine boasts a long, toasty French oak finish that lingers on the palate. The perfect addition to your cellar, this wine will age well for ten plus years.
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Our Napa Valley Chardonnay celebrates our home in the Napa Valley. Aromas of ripe Anjou pear and crème brûlée complement layers of ripe peach, golden apple and lemon shortbread on the palate. The velvety mouthfeel is balanced by bright acidity that carries through a fresh finish with a hint of spice.
To create a dynamic Chardonnay, we carefully selected grapes from several distinct growing regions in Napa Valley. Fruit was handpicked from the warm St. Helena AVA, which provide tropical flavors and a round mouthfeel. We also looked to the foggy vineyards of Carneros for crisp acidity and to the moderate Oak Knoll AVA to bring structure to the blend. The warm and evenly paced 2019 vintage produced expressive, vibrant wines with complex flavors.
The grapes for our William Hill Estate Napa Valley Chardonnay were harvested by hand and whole cluster pressed. All juice underwent barrel fermentation at an ambient cellar temperature of 65˚F. Following primary fermentation, the wine underwent full malolactic fermentation with sur lie aging in 30% new American oak.
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This wine is crafted from select blocks on our estate vineyard precisely chosen to display intense fruit flavors and layers of complexity. The 2015 Petit Verdot opens with powerful aromas of dark fruit and offers an abundance of rich and concentrated dark fruit layers including boysenberry jam and plum. The wine’s pronounced tannins frame the fruit and lead to notes of toasted oak and butterscotch brittle. The long finish adds a touch of spice and earth to the full fruit tones, creating depth and an alluring streak of brightness that enhances the full-bodied wine.
Our William Hill Estate Central Coast Cabernet Sauvignon opens with plush notes of boysenberry, dark plum and black cherry. This expressive wine also reveals a richness with echoes of plum and cherry preserves that finishes beautifully with layers of dark chocolate, mocha and graham cracker.
Our 2019 Winemaker's Series Reserve Chardonnay comes from several vineyards throughout Napa Valley as well as a block of Musque clone Chardonnay from Russian River. A beautiful blend composed of our reserve wines, it showcases the spectrum of our Chardonnay portfolio. It opens with expressive aromas of orange blossom, fig, Bosc pear and a touch of lemon custard leading to a rich mouthfeel and flavors of caramel apple and flaky croissant. The finish is long and round, bursting with fruit and hints of toasty oak.
Our inaugural release of The Notch opens with a bouquet of intense fruit-driven aromas and spices. This Merlot-based blend features decadent notes of Luxardo cherries, crème de cassis, cola and plum on a plush profile that evolves into a velvety finish. A significant amount of Cabernet Sauvignon is used for support – only the ripest estate-grown Cabernet made its way into the final blend, adding dimension and structure while maintaining a luxurious mouthfeel.
This Red Blend opens with aromas of dark fruit, dried flowers and spice leading to rich layers of red and dark fruit, including notes of redcurrant and blueberry compote. The luscious mouthfeel is balanced by deep, integrated tannins and a deft touch of acidity. Together, those create a sense of firmness and freshness that lasts through the long, layered finish.
Our 2019 William Hill Winemaker’s Series Petit Verdot is a full-bodied wine with a huge presence and depth of dark fruit. Plush and velvety in the mouth, our Petit Verdot opens with aromas of blueberry with sweet cardamon and shaved baker’s chocolate. Layer after layer of juicy black plum and blackberry lead to chewy tannins with a hint of dark spice on the long finish. This wine will cellar nicely for the next 10 to 12 years and would also benefit from decanting before serving.
The Benchmark Red Blend is the pinnacle of the William Hill Estate Winery portfolio. Benchmark Red Blend is crafted primarily from select micro-blocks from our 140-acre estate vineyard. The palate is characterized by intense, complex layers of dark fruit and cassis with hints of dark floral characters, while the finish offers subtle notes of toast. Incredibly well-structured, Benchmark has firm tannins and excellent acidity, blending for a rich, velvety texture. Cabernet Sauvignon forms the core of the blend, while Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc offer deep color and notes of blackberry, soft leather and pepper to the blend.
Our Benchland Series wines are crafted from select blocks from premium vineyards throughout Napa Valley. Our 2015 Benchland Series Chardonnay is crafted primarily from the cool, foggy Carneros region, renowned for its exceptional Chardonnay. The balance is from warmer Napa Valley regions, led by the St. Helena AVA, with small amounts from Oak Knoll and Coombsville to round out the blend. The silky, full-bodied wine is a classic reserve Napa Valley Chardonnay, opening with crisp, expressive flavors of green apple, white peach and lemon curd, layered with notes of tropical fruit and baking spice that linger on the complex finish.
Our Winemaker’s Series Carneros Chardonnay captures the nuanced complexities of Napa Valley’s most renowned Chardonnay region. This luxurious small-lot Chardonnay offers compelling notes of yuzu, honeysuckle and golden peach interwoven with, brioche and lemon panna cotta. Bright acidity awakens the palate and rounds out this rich, textured wine as it gives way to a creamy, lingering finish.
Our 2018 Benchland Series Chardonnay comes from several vineyards throughout Napa Valley as well as a block of Musque clone Chardonnay from Russian River. A beautiful blend composed of our reserve wines, it showcases the spectrum of our Chardonnay portfolio. It opens with expressive aromas of orange blossom, fig, Bosc pear and a touch of lemon custard leading to a rich mouthfeel and flavors of caramel apple and flaky croissant. The finish is long and round, bursting with fruit and hints of toasty oak.