Our Bench Blend wines are crafted from select blocks on our estate vineyard to display intense fruit flavors and layers of complexity. Our William Hill Estate Bench Blend Petit Verdot is rich and concentrated with blackberry notes highlighting an abundance of dark fruit flavors that burst from the glass. The wine has a creamy mouthfeel that lingers with earthy tones, toasty oak and macadamia nut. The long finish has a touch of white pepper and a burst of fruit that adds a refreshing brightness to the full body.
The grapes for this wine were handpicked and brought to the winery in half-ton bins. Upon arrival, the grapes were crushed into open-top tanks, where they were cold soaked for up to 48 hours prior to fermentation. The must remained in contact with the skins for up to 14 days throughout fermentation. Following primary fermentation, we racked the wine to oak barrels for malolactic fermentation on fine lees, creating a rounder mouthfeel. The wine developed as individual barrel lots and was racked up to four times during aging in oak barrels. The blend was assembled in the summer of 2014 and then returned to oak barrels to allow the flavors to integrate before bottling at the end of the following summer.
All of the grapes for this Benchland Series Petit Verdot were selected from our estate vineyard on the Silverado Trail in Napa. Renowned for our long growing seasons with warm, sunny days and cool evenings, the 2013 growing season was outstanding from its timely bud break through sun-filled summer growing days. Harvest began in late August with continuing excellent conditions, allowing us to pick our grapes precisely when they reached ideal ripeness and maturity. The phenomenal growing season and our careful timing helped us produce this extraordinary vintage with balanced acidity and rich, integrated flavors.
A reflection of the vision of winemaker Mark Williams, these small-lot wines are found exclusively at the Tasting Room and online.