Hill Family Estate

2019 Barrel Blend Napa Valley, CA

5 in stock


5 in stock

"Aromas of deep black cherry and boysenberry fruit are underlaid by spicy vanilla flavored oak, along with supporting flavors of raspberry, plum, licorice, and chocolate. The wine has a well-constructed young palate, with fruit crammed into the structure to form an intense ripe boysenberry center." – Winemaker Alison Doran
APPEARANCE deep ruby
AROMAS & FLAVORS black cherry, lueberry, blackberry, plum, chocolate, molasses, clove, brazil nut, black pepper, forrest floor, eucalyptus
PALATE medium body, low acidity, integrated tannins, long finish

41% Merlot, 13% Syrah, 12% Malbec, 11% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Zinfandel, 9% Petit Sirah, 2% Pinot Noir, 2% Dolcetto and 2% Viognier

PRODUCTION 4500 cases
AGING POTENTIAL Enjoy now through 2026 and beyond
VINEYARD Windy Flats, Beau Terre, Beau Terroir, Stewart, Villagio, Clarke, Nelson Estate

The Barrel Blend is put together with the help of Kyle Knox, a great surfer and a wine professional, now with his own distributorship, who loved the idea of “being in the barrel” as both a wine term, and a surfing term. 2019 was a year with roller coaster weather and balanced wines. The Merlot reached maturity at lower Brix numbers, and as usual we added Syrah, Petit Sirah and Zinfandel for added layers of fruit. Cabernet Sauvignon was blended in for dignity, and Pinot Noir for grace. The wine knitted together early, so we expect this wine to come out of the bottle ready to provide entertainment and pleasure for years to come.

Cooperage: Aged 10 months in barrel. 13% new oak (9% French and 4% American)


Winemaker: Alison Doran

woman standing on a barrel smiling

Alison Doran has been a trailblazer in the wine industry for nearly 50 years, and was trained by the legendary Andre Tchelistcheff after completing her degree in winemaking at UC Davis.

Alison has been making wine at Hill Family Estate since 2001.

About the Winery
Hill Family Estate
The Hill Family is a fourth generation California farm family. They understand from experience how great wine begins in the vineyard. The Hill Family owns 120 acres of vineyards with a focus on Atlas Peak, Carneros and Oak Knoll. They are 100% family-farmed, family-owned and family-operated – growing fruit for Napa wineries as well as their own wines.
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