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Hill Family Estate Beau Terre Merlot, Napa Valley

FOOD & WINE Wine Club Hill Family Estate Beau Terre Merlot, Napa Valley FOOD & WINE Wine Club Hill Family Estate Beau Terre Merlot, Napa Valley
Winery Hill Family
Grape Merlot
Year 2011
Country United States
Appellation Napa Valley

$35.00 per bottle

Member Price: $31.50

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Fans of taut, fresh reds cheered California’s cool 2011 vintage, which yielded wines like this smooth, structured Merlot.
What You Need To Know
The caricature of Napa Valley red wines—superfruity, sweet and slathered in toasty new oak—had been crumbling for several years when the cool 2011 vintage hit. Already, influential vintners were dialing back ripeness to create the kind of vibrant, herb-edged reds that made Napa famous back in the 1970s and ’80s. This 2011 Merlot from the boutique Hill Family Estate is a good example of a more moderately styled Napa red. Most of the grapes for it come from the Hill family’s Beau Terre Vineyard, located in the cool Oak Knoll District. Winemaker Alison Doran—formerly an enologist at Lewis Cellars—used wine from two Merlot clones to add complexity, then bolstered the wine with a spice rack of traditional Bordeaux varieties.
Smell It
Smell It
Savory, lightly smoky black cherry notes.
Taste It
Taste It
Soft black cherry fruit with clove and vanilla notes.
Serve It
Serve It
Cellar temperature—the bottle should be cool to the touch.