2014 Central Coast Pinot Noir
With roots deeply anchored in the Napa Valley, William Hill Estate crafts luxury Chardonnay and Bordeaux varietal wines from the undiscovered vineyards of California’s most celebrated regions. Beginning with William Hill Estate’s 140-acre benchland vineyard near the Silverado Trail, Winemaker Mark Williams turns to the hidden corners of southern Napa, the North Coast and the Central Coast to create a unique collection of rich, expressive wines.
The grapes for this wine were cold soaked for five days before fermentation, which lasted two weeks at a maximum temperature of 85°F. The juice was pumped over the skins throughout fermentation with some extended maceration for optimal extraction of color and flavor. After fermentation, this Pinot aged for up to 15 months in stainless steel tanks before bottling.
In 2014, the majority of our Central Coast Pinot Noir grapes were selected from the Santa Lucia Highlands and Edna Valley AVAs. Both renowned for their long growing seasons, the grapes in these two Central Coast sub-AVAs were allowed more time for flavor development on the vine while still retaining a naturally firm acidity. The 2014 vintage was short because of the warm, dry weather that led to an early harvest. Overall, the grapes from this year translated into ripe fruit flavors and a firm structure in the glass.
Our signature style from southern Napa to the hidden vineyards of California's North Coast and Central Coast regions.