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What's the secret at the 'Hill'?

These are 'big' hidden gems
These are 'big' hidden gems
Julia Hollister

William Hill Estate Winery winemaker believes the location is a portal to perfection.

“I like to think our estate property is a hidden gem,” said Ralf Holdenried. “It is a one-of-a-kind benchland vineyard, tucked away near the serene Silverado Trail. As I look for grapes further afield, I am always searching for out-of-the-way vineyards like this one – those special places that somehow remains undiscovered by the masses.”

The two varietals in the recently released Coast Collection are just what the winemaker had in mind.

Crafted from hidden corners of southern Napa, the North Coast and Central Coast, the straw colored 2012 Chardonnay ($17) is juicy and bright. It bursts with aromas and flavors of pear and peach and tree fruit followed by whispers of toasted oak and caramel.

The opposite end of the collection is the dark and seductive North Coast cabernet sauvignon ($17) from Sonoma and Lake County grapes. Blackberry and black cherry flavors entice the palate with subtle yeast and cocoa. The result is a selection with immense structure and presence.

This cabernet, blended with a touch of merlot to round out the mouthfeel, will reveal more complex layers with time in the bottle.

Pair with muscular selection with rich roasted meats, chili or heavy sauced pasta dishes.

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