It’s always fun to get the opportunity to try a new release. William Hill Estate Winery has recently released its 2012 North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon.
William Hill’s winemaker, Ralf Holdenried, takes pride in selecting the right grapes for the Estate wines. Situated in the Napa Valley, the Estate is setting on prime Napa growing soil. With its 140 acres of prime growing terroir William Hill Estate Winery has a variety of resources locally to choose from. But winemaker Holdenreid wanted to expand beyond the grapes of Napa to create the North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon. To do that, he looked at vineyards along the North Coast as well as the Central Coast, Lake and Sonoma Counties.
Combining grapes from these areas Holdenreid has produced, under the William Hill Estate label, a high quality initial offering of its Cabernet Sauvignon. When you first approach the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, you are immediately struck by the rich dark fruits, followed by a touch of caramel.
The 2014 is a wine which needs to wait one to three years to be fully enjoyed. Presently the complexities which will ultimately emerge are barely on the palate. A few years of aging will make a large differenced in this offering from Holdenried.
Conditions which led to the creation of the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon were near ideal in the regions from which the grapes were sourced. The growing season was mild and at harvest, constant temperatures led to a full harvest without rushing the grapes off the vines.
The harvest was destemmed and crushed, then fermented in stainless steel. To soften the taste, Malolactic fermentation was introduced in the final stages of the fermentation process. The complexities of the 2012 harvest will be encountered as aging in your wine cabinet follows the purchase.
The varietal origin of the 2014 was California’s North Coast, with grapes primarily from Sonoma, Napa and Lake Counties. The wine has a moderate alcohol content of 13.6% and the pH is 3.82.
William Hill Estate Winery provided a sample to the Long Beach Wine Examiner.
Have a winederful day!