The Hill Family Estate Barrel Blend is put together with the help of Kyle Knox, a great surfer and a wine professional who loved the idea of “being in the barrel” as both a wine term, and a surfing term. 2018 was a great winemaking year, with roller coaster weather and large crops in some areas. Merlot was of particularly high quality, plushy and deeply colored, and as usual bolstered by Petit Sirah and Zinfandel for added fruit layers. Cabernet Sauvignon was blended in for dignity along with Pinot Noir for grace. Early on, some of these varieties will come forth and sing solos before stepping back into the chorus, but overall, this was a very strong year and the wine knitted together quickly, so we expect this wine to provide entertainment and pleasure for years to come.
A very balanced and layered red with beautiful raspberry, currant and dark-chocolate undertones. It’s medium-bodied with a solid core of fruit and ripe, silky tannins. Gorgeous finish.
93 Points James Suckling – After a day spent catching waves (or just catching some rays) drop into the evening with this delicious blend from vineyards rippling across the valley. To keep this wine approachable and fun, surfer Kyle Knox conspires with winemaker Alison Doran, who was the winemaker at Lewis Cellars before helping to launch Hill Family Winery over 40 years ago. When it comes to wine and waves, balance is crucial! We’ve enjoyed this wine for years and we’re stoked to have it back in the rotation with a tremendous vintage at a beach-picnic price.
93 Points Wine Enthusiast – Combining a majority of Merlot with Zin, Syrah, Petite Sirah and Malbec, this outstanding value is deeply rich in berry and cherry, with soft, undulating and well-resolved tannin. A lift of acidity makes it a rounded, approachable and highly enjoyable experience.