Nose: Raspberry and Boysenberry aromas with darker jammy fruit in the back.
Palate: Milk chocolate and raspberry melt over the palate and the wine still seems
young and vigorous, improving over several hours when open. Decanting this beauty
is highly recommended!
This 2006 Hill Family Merlot combines the best of the Hill Family’s Beau Terre
Vineyard in the Oak Knoll District, with its plush black cherry and raspberry fruit,
and the Beau Terre Atlas Peak Cabernet with its fine classic sage and brambly
character. All vineyards are under the control of Hill Family Estate, offering the
chance to make the tough but necessary decisions about viticulture that make for the
best wines. 2006 was a cool year with hot spells, making a muscular Merlot that has a
big structure. We actually added Cabernet to it for the softer fruit! After 18 months
in barrel, the wine finally evolved enough to bottle.