30 September 2013

William Hill Estate Winery

While tasting a pair of Napa reds from William Hill Estate Winery on a quiet and rainy September afternoon, I found myself craving munchkin burgers. I know I've covered them many times in the past, but my dinner guests love eating them and I love making them. A little red onion marmalade, some smoked Gouda, mesclun greens... So simple yet so delicious, and while these are serious wines, I feel that the preparation of these little burgers demands something substantial.

2010 William Hill Estate Merlot
Napa Valley
100% Merlot
$30, 14.5% abv.
5,000 cases made

Classic California Merlot with aromas and flavors of cherry and black pepper. Medium tannins and a gentle finish. As it opens up it becomes a little softer with deeper plum flavors.

2010 William Hill Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley
92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot, 2% Petite Sirah, 1% Merlot
$40, 14.8% abv.
6,874 cases made

Of the two wines, I preferred this bottle with its clever blend. It opens up with a nose of plum and leather, coffee, chocolate, and a touch of spice. Firm tannins and one that rewards a thorough swirling of the glass. It matched particularly well with the rich onion marmalade and I think would go great with a thick porterhouse, cooked medium rare and carved for several people.

Note: These wines were provided as samples for review.

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