2014 William Hill North Coast Chardonnay
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)
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!