2015 Hill Family Estate 'The Barrel Blend' Red Napa Valley


Is this the best Barrel" we’ve tasted in many vintages? Look for notes of graham cracker, raisin, cherry jam, and dark chocolate in this somewhat Zin-dominated red. It’s a "kitchen sink" of sorts, made from Merlot, Zinfandel, Malbec, Syrah, Petit Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Sangiovese, but man, does this work in a big way! There is entirely too much wine here for $30.

Winegrowing isn't always easy, but it sure can be rewarding. Doug Hill must think so as he's been at it for the past 40 years and farms nearly 700 acres across the Napa Valley (his family owns about 100 of those). With so much acreage at his fingertips he's got an insider's edge as to which areas shine and how to cull out the very best characteristics from each site. He wasn't content to just grow for others, so Doug and the family decided their family should get into the wine business too. These days, Hill Family Estate is the culmination of Doug's vision - a way to share his love of the valley, of farming and of wine with his children and wine lovers everywhere. What can we say? Not only are the Hills living the dream, but they're helping us to do the same… straight from the heart of the Napa Valley, in the American foodie Capital better known as Yountville, California.

Red Blend
Alison Doran
10 months
Oak Treatment:
French Oak; 40% new
Country of Origin:
United States
Napa Valley
Total Varietal Composition %:
50% Merlot, 13% Malbec, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Syrah, 8% Petit Sirah and 7% Zinfandel
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