90 Point Wine Enthusiast :The 2013 vintage of our William Hill Estate North Coast Chardonnay offers aromas and flavors of ripe tree fruit, underscored by hints of brown spice, citrus and tropical fruit. Hailing mostly from Sonoma and Mendocino, with a touch of fruit from Napa, this well-integrated wine has excellent acidity and a creamy mouthfeel. During harvest, I want to be out in the vineyard where all the flavors are developing, but I also want to be in the winery for the next steps," says Ralf. "Here, I have the great luxury of seeing what we've picked on a given day and then tasting from the fermentation tanks, almost instantaneously.
The best wines are crafted by winemakers who are intimately connected to their wines. Winemakers who stay close to the vineyard, who select their grapes by hand at the perfect moment of ripeness. Winemakers who taste their barrel selections and blend the individual lots together to create an exquisitely balanced wine. This is how Ralf Holdenried makes wine at William Hill Estate Winery. And he wouldn't have it any other way.
Since 1978, William Hill Winery has produced wines from the cool southern regions of Napa Valley, including the Silverado Bench and the Carneros districts. The winery specializes in Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, producing Reserve and Napa Valley bottlings. Chardonnay grown in the cool climate and well-drained soils of Carneros typically offer brighter, more intense flavors and higher acidity than grapes grown in the richer soils and warmer temperatures at the upper end of the Napa Valley. The result are Chardonnays that are highly complex and multi-layered with crisp, bright flavors.