The William Hill Winery Merlot is produced from fruit grown mainly on the benchland just south of Stags Leap in Napa Valley. Merlot from this growing region typically exhibits soft berry and raspberry flavors. Fermentation techniques for this wine accentuate the rich, ripe nature of the Merlot grape, while providing the structure to ensure proper aging. Using partial whole berry fermentation softens tannins, allowing the fruit flavors and succulent texture - the hallmarks of fine Merlot - to shine on the palate. The finished wine features rich, ripe crushed blackberry and blueberry flavors with a layer of oak complexity and a soft tannin finish that is pleasing on the palate.
|This full flavored Merlot is a great match for grilled beef or lamb. Also pairs nicely with simpler fare, such as fresh herb and tomato pasta, barbecued hamburgers or pizza.
|William Hill Estate Winery is a special place. In 1978, visionary vineyard developer William Hill saw the incredible potential of the Silverado Bench, where he built his namesake winery. More than three decades later, our winemaker Ralf Holdenried is making modern wines that speak to the unique terroir of this virtually unknown area of southern Napa Valley.
A confluence of characteristics makes our 140-acre estate an ideal vineyard. Set on a benchland - off the valley floor, but below the steeper slopes of the hills - with a southwestern exposure, the vines bask in abundant sunlight. The vineyard is close to the valley floor climatically, but the volcanic soil and the size and vigor of the vines means William Hill is more like a mountaintop vineyard. These elements translate to elegant, expressive red Bordeaux wines.