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95 Insider Points

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Purple garnet hue leads one into a bowl candied kirsch, crushed raspberries, herbs and cedar spice. The palate is generous on the entry with elements of cassis, cocoa nib, leather and olive tapenade. The finish reveals a streak of minerals commonly found with well crafted efforts from the Atlas Peak AVA. The finish is medium-full with lingering notes of cola-nut and freshly cut black tea. The "UnReal" is "Unbelievable" for the price! This should perform well in a blind high-end Cab tasting. Thoroughly enjoyable with 20 to 30 minutes of aeration, or be patient, and lay down for another 2 to 7 years. Seriously, under $20 Napa Cab with this balance and pedigree needs to be purchased in case units!" - Neil Mechanic, Invino 95 Points

WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    Red Blend
  • ALCOHOL
    13.50%
  • SIZE
    750ml

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Every Wine Has a Story:This One Is Unreal.

The notorious Appellation Series from Jeff Hill: finally designated for release. Born from the fine line between Napa's Atlas Peak brilliance & illicit winemaking, it's the very wine the press has been talking about for months; those lucky enough to have tasted it already begging for more; and our Sourcing Team spending countless hours to get it into Members' hands.

Unquestionably, the wine story of the decade and (might we add, righfully so), and what Cab lovers have been waiting with bated breath for. It's access that was so well worth the wait.

From invino Founder & CEO, Tony Westfall

"At last we got approval to release and sell the (re-labeled) balance of the bottled Jeff Hill Appellation Series. The means to getting these wines finally released was to call them 'California Red Wine'.  The origin of the wine is unknown, but our best guess (and that of the industry at large) is this...  In order to increase production quantities of the wines, some Cabernet from Lake or Mendocino (still really good Cab!) were blended into the Atlas Peak and the Coombsville wines.  We of course can only speculate, but we can guarantee this: this will absolutely be the best value bottle of wine you buy this year! 

This wine is so fantastic I am happy to put my name on it. Of course it comes with a zero risk proposition (our Palate Guarantee™); if you don’t like it after one bottle, we will give your money back. AND in this case, even pay the return shipping on whatever you didn’t drink. ( Of course, this is only good on one bottle consumed...you cant buy six bottles, drink them all and then tell us you didn't enjoy it!).

An absolutely fantastic red for Cab lovers and one everyone who tastes it wants to buy more.  I strongly suggest not making the mistake many did with Jeff Hill Cab, which sold out in one day (about 400 cases). Order up & enjoy."

TASTING NOTES 

Ripe fruits, blond tobacco, floral, earthy, tea leaf aromas. Round with crisp finish, juicy fruit, very nice texture on the palate.

THE STORY TO KNOW

At Hill Wine Company, their aim is to make American wine a premier choice for wine drinkers. There is a long way to go, but they recognize the task ahead of them. The enterprise is supervised by a compact team that consists of Jeff and Rebecca’s family and Philippe Langner.

Jeff Hill, Proprietor

From his younger days, Jeff Hill has always been affiliated with mother Earth. He and his family moved home many times. Along the way, he became a fellow of the Future Farmers of America (FFA). His love for growing plants expanded when he is in the company of those who took a liking to the same thing. Then on, Jeff decided to make it lifelong pursuit to develop an uncompromising approach to producing quality fruits and vegetables.

Jeff and his family finally settled in Fresno, California. He earned a degree in Plant Science at Fresno State College. While studying, he also worked at a chemical company that focused on organics. This provided him an opportunity to expand his knowledge. He was also a pest control advisor for several years. Finally, he decided to start his own winery in 2008.

Rebecca Hill, Co-Proprietor

Just her husband, Rebecca’s love of the land started when she was young. She grew up in an agricultural community and she also participated in FFA and 4H. Mrs. Hill competed in rodeo, gaining enough skill to enter various competitions.

Fresno State is her alma mater, and she majored in Agricultural Education. While at school, she established Sigma Alpha, a national agricultural sorority. Jeff was a member of Alpha Gamma Rio, and once, Rebecca visited their house. The rest is history.

She stayed behind when Jeff moved to Napa. But soon enough, she followed him and developed an interest in wine. Before Hill Wine, she worked for various plantations around Napa, gaining useful experience. After a few years, she and Jeff decided to found the company.

Philippe Langner, Director of Winemaking

After growing up in Africa, Philippe Langner moved to America to study agriculture. Two master’s degrees in Agronomy and Agricultural Economics later, he returned to France with his family. While working at a Rothschild winery, Philippe fell in love with winemaking. After seven years of working with another Napa vineyard, Mr. Langer became head winemaker at Hill Wine in 2008.

 

PERFECT PAIRINGS

Pair this puzzling, brilliant red with a succulent steak and you can’t possibly go wrong.