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William Hill Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2007

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep red and dark berry aromas meld with hints of raspberry, dark cherry, blackberry, and blueberry in this rich Cabernet Sauvignon. Well-integrated with expressive tannins, our 2007 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon shows notes of jam, sweet vanilla and dark chocolate on the palate. A dry winter and a warm, dry spring initiated an early start to the 2007 growing season in Napa Valley. The weather unfolded with mild temperatures and a single heat spike in early September. Our Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were picked by hand and cold soaked for up to five days to maximize the extraction of color and flavor. Following fermentation, the wine underwent malolactic fermentation and was aged for 21 months in French, American and Hungarian oak barrels.

William Hill Winery:
William Hill Estate Winery carries forward a 30-year philosophy of crafting elegant Napa Valley wines. 140-acres of Estate-owned vineyards surround the contemporary winemaking facility and the beautiful shaded arbor offers ample opportunity to relax and enjoy the splendor of Napa Valley. The tour and tasting options showcase three tiers of wines, NV Wines that are ready to drink on release, NV ... Read more
William Hill Estate Winery carries forward a 30-year philosophy of crafting elegant Napa Valley wines. 140-acres of Estate-owned vineyards surround the contemporary winemaking facility and the beautiful shaded arbor offers ample opportunity to relax and enjoy the splendor of Napa Valley. The tour and tasting options showcase three tiers of wines, NV Wines that are ready to drink on release, NV Reserve Wines that will age gracefully for many years and Estate Exclusives that are only available at the winery and through the wine club. Read less

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Snooth User: kevsipe
701626222
4.00 5
01/06/2013

Drinking window: Drink between 2011 and 2016 (based on 3 user opinions) Community Tasting Notes (average 89.4 pts. and median of 89 pts. in 16 notes) - Tasted by Ed B on 10/9/2012 & rated 89 points: Decanted thru screen for 60 minutes. Deep, dark ruby/purple. Plum with anise and hints of mid-east spices. Medium finish. Held up well to steak and bake potatoes. Nice but sort of one dimensional. Note sure if more age will do any good. (247 views) Tasted by atwkite on 12/12/2011 & rated 88 points: Not good, out of balance, tannic and bitter. Might need age or may never get there. (1911 views) Tasted by avp on 10/24/2011: Dark cherry and cassis on the nose with herbs, liquorice, chocolate, coffee and a good deal of smoked meat. Fullbodied palate showing decent structure: there's enough acidity to animate the fruit, but I'd sure like to see some more grip. Creme de cassis, leather and some cab lift towards the long finish of bright fruit and chocolaty oak notes. Quite nice for the style. So, don't hate the playa.. (1898 views)


Snooth User: travelquarterly
27906262
0.00 5
10/23/2012

Drinking window: Drink between 2011 and 2016 (based on 3 user opinions) Community Tasting Notes (average 89.4 pts. and median of 89 pts. in 17 notes) - hiding notes with no text Tasted by Ed B on 10/9/2012 & rated 89 points: Decanted thru screen for 60 minutes. Deep, dark ruby/purple. Plum with anise and hints of mid-east spices. Medium finish. Held up well to steak and bake potatoes. Nice but sort of one dimensional. Note sure if more age will do any good. (298 views) Tasted by atwkite on 12/12/2011 & rated 88 points: Not good, out of balance, tannic and bitter. Might need age or may never get there. (1934 views) Tasted by avp on 10/24/2011: Dark cherry and cassis on the nose with herbs, liquorice, chocolate, coffee and a good deal of smoked meat. Fullbodied palate showing decent structure: there's enough acidity to animate the fruit, but I'd sure like to see some more grip. Creme de cassis, leather and some cab lift towards the long finish of bright fruit and chocolaty oak notes. Quite nice for the style. So, don't hate the playa.. (1920 views) Tasted by MillenialWineGuy on 10/7/2011 flawed bottle: Corked (1857 views) Tasted by Otto Nieminen on 1/24/2011: This was by no means an elegant wine, and I will say it out right that I didn't really like this now. Yet this was a welcome change to the few other Americans we have seen here. The scent is very ripe, full of very dark fruit, but instead of being harsh and woody (this sees "only" 38% new wood) this is full of sweet aromas and some cigar box savoriness. Very full bodied, very sweet fruit, but unlike previous Cabs we have seen, this does have enough tannin and acidity to keep it all together. In other words, there is a perverse kind of balance in this wine: there is for my tastes too much wood, too much fruit, plenty of tannin and high acidity, yet all these elements are harmonious in relation to each other. Despite its size, it is rather refreshing so there is some moreishness to it. I would be intrigued to try this in five years or so if the elements I don't like would have faded by then. I can imagine that this is a pretty decent, fairly priced (by Finnish standards) Napa Cab for those who like such a big style. But for now at least, this isn't one for me. (2236 views) Tasted by J.L on 1/21/2011 & rated 90 points: For sure a bit young but anyway really enjoyable and well structured. A bit purple still but has a beautiful deep and dense color. On the nose very open and generous, as is the palate. Powerful rather than elegant. And I don't mind the price. (2186 views)


Snooth User: stevessf
423103
0.00 5
03/19/2012

What a disappointment. I didn't think it was possible to completely ruin 2007 Napa Cabernet, but they have. This is a harsh, tannic, one-dimensional flop. The winemaker should hang his/her head in shame. So much for Gallo raising the quality.


External Reviews for William Hill Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

External Review
Source: CityWineCellar.com
02/09/2011

93 points - Wine Advocate "Even better is the exuberant 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Bench Blend. This powerful, rich effort is the finest William Hill Cabernet made in the past 25 years. An opaque purple color is followed by notes of charcoal, incense, creme de cassis and spicy oak. Full and rich with nicely integrated wood, acidity and tannin, it should drink well for 10-15+ years. Now owned by the vast Gallo empire, Gallo deserves enormous credit for finally getting these wines back on the track. The William Hill brand has been one of the most mediocre Napa names for many years, but that is certainly not the case with the current and upcoming releases".Winemakers notesThis big, luscious Cabernet Sauvignon was sourced from the best blocks of our benchland estate vineyards. The small crop produced exceptional fruit quality with intense fruit flavors of raspberry, dark cherry, blackberry and dark chocolate. The integrated tannins and concentrated flavors of this wine continue into an elegant finish. The wine was filtered and aged in 100% new French oak for 21 months.



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Deep red and dark berry aromas meld with hints of raspberry, dark cherry, blackberry, and blueberry in this rich Cabernet Sauvignon. Well-integrated with expressive tannins, our 2007 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon shows notes of jam, sweet vanilla and dark chocolate on the palate. A dry winter and a warm, dry spring initiated an early start to the 2007 growing season in Napa Valley. The weather unfolded with mild temperatures and a single heat spike in early September. Our Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were picked by hand and cold soaked for up to five days to maximize the extraction of color and flavor. Following fermentation, the wine underwent malolactic fermentation and was aged for 21 months in French, American and Hungarian oak barrels.

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