William Hill Benchland Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 - Argonaut Liquor

William Hill Benchland Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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William Hill Benchland Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

SKU 34622


The grapes for this wine were handpicked and brought to the winery in half-ton bins. Fermentation occurred in small stainless steel tanks. Throughout fermentation, the must remained in contact with the skins for an average of 14-20 days. Afterward, we racked the wine to oak barrels for malolactic fermentation on lees, creating a rounder mouthfeel. The wine aged in a combination of barrels that were 67% new French oak, 7% new American oak and 26% neutral, and was racked three times before bottling.
Category Red Wine
Region California, Napa Valley
Brand William Hill
Alcohol/vol 15.1%
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Wine AdvocateTurning to the great vintage of 2013, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Benchland Series is sensational and probably the strongest wine made at the William Hill Winery in many a vintage. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged 19 months in one-fourth new French and a small amount of new American oak, the wine represents 1,700 cases, tips the scales at 15.1% alcohol and exhibits an inky ruby/purple color, a big, sweet kiss of crème de cassis, licorice and loamy soil notes. The wine has fabulous fruit, a full-bodied opulence, but good acidity and moderately high tannin. Like most 2013s, there is tremendous finish and upside potential, so try and be somewhat patient, giving it another year or two of bottle age. It should keep for 15 or more years.

Robert Parker, October 28, 2016
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Wine Spectator A strong effort, featuring a rich core of licorice-laced blackberry and wild berry notes, with touches of cedar, tobacco leaf and crushed rock. Firms nicely on the finish, where the tannins are a presence without being overbearing. Drink now. 1,838 cases made.

James Laube, 2016
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Wine EnthusiastThis expansive wine is generous on the palate in dusty tannin, currant, pencil and tobacco, more savory than sweet. Firm texture and structured acidity provide a classic edge to this 100% varietal wine that will do well at the table.

Virginie Boone, February 1, 2017

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