15.5% Alc. by Vol. • 750ml • 2018 • Red WineProduction | 80 cases
Similar to the chateau wines after which it is modeled, the nose is reminiscent of dried rose petals, while the texture of the palate is long, linear and focused. The red currant fruit in the mid-palate is coupled with an aromatic reminiscent of the terrain of the Paris to Roubaix bike race. Held in mid-April, the race can feature damp earth, hot asphalt, slippery cobblestones, or a combination of any of the three. The mid-palate comes to a succinct finish with the juice of a French plum blended with a hint of hickory and reduced to a decadent barbecue sauce. Forgive us if your mouth is watering for some ribs right about now.
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Our 2018 Hillside Reserve Red Wine is a top-tier, full-bodied wine with a complex and intense flavor profile. Expect bold and rich flavors of dark fruit, such as blackberry, cassis, and black cherry, with a hint of spice and toasty oak from its possible high-quality oak barrel aging. The wine’s high tannins and long finish make it a great pairing for rich and flavorful dishes, such as a perfectly grilled bone-in ribeye steak. The wine’s bold flavor profile is complemented by the peppery and spicy notes of an arugula salad and contrasted by the creamy and comforting flavors of garlic mashed potatoes.
Our winemaker, Erin Green understands that great wines begin in the vineyard. She is actively involved in viticultural aspects, working with Alex and Ben to create balance in the vines and enabling optimum ripeness in the grapes.
At harvest time she looks for mature skins and seeds with concentrated flavors. During harvest grapes are cold soaked to extract flavors before fermentation. Our fermentation regime is adapted by block to optimize flavors and create balance. The wines are aged in high quality French Oak barrels and blended to Erin’s liking.
“Ruby-black in color with a bright medium-to-full body. Flavors of currants and blackberries, subtle notes of oak, and an aroma that can transport the taster back to Calistoga and Healdsburg each time the first drop is poured. It’s delectability may make one eager to finish a glass quickly—but patience is rewarded, as the wine’s complexity reveals itself over time. A must-have for any special occasion or holiday dinner, especially one that includes beef, venison, or berry pies.”
“A lip smacking Merlot with lush fruit and an unmistakable note of dark chocolate that will stand up to any protein from the grill.”
“The best merlot we’ve ever had. Truly a gem. Year in and year out. If you’re on the fence, get off, have a glass, and enjoy. Honestly it’s probably the best wine we’ve discovered in Napa.”
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