2014 William Hill North Coast Chardonnay

SKU #1265341 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Chardonnay North Coast, their largest cuvée (141,475 cases), is an excellent value in Chardonnay, coming primarily from Sonoma and Mendocino, with a small quantity from Lodi, Lake and Napa. It is aged in French and American oak, but the real emphasis is on the fruit-forward flavor profile. Fresh honeyed melons, citrus blossom and exotic orange notes are well-represented in this elegant, medium-bodied, refreshing and lively Chardonnay that has been put through 100% malolactic and finished at 13.8% natural alcohol. This is probably the best set of wines I have ever tasted from William Hill Estate Winery, a producer that burst onto the scene with a brilliant 1978 Cabernet Sauvignon and then seemed to squander the early accolades, content with producing average-quality wines. Things certainly have taken an uptick under Gallo’s ownership. (RP)  (10/2016)

K&L Notes

We liked the 2013 as much as did the editors at Wine Enthusiast, who scored that vintage 90 points as an "Editors' Choice," and the 2014 promises to check all the right California Chard boxes, as well: Great price, classic creamy texture with vanilla and toasted oak, and not too sweet. Check it out!

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


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Alcohol Content (%): 14.5