About This Wine
Hills can be a winegrape’s best friend.
When deciding where to plant a specific variety, farmers take a number of variables into consideration. Of course, the overall climate is the most important factor, as grapevines need abundant sunshine and generally warm air temperatures in order to produce wine-worthy grapes.
Soil also is important. Perhaps surprisingly, nutrient-rich soil is not preferred, because that tends to make the vines over-produce. The goal when growing winegrapes is to produce fruit that is highly concentrated in aromas and flavors, and that’s best achieved by “stressing” the vines — i.e., depriving them of some of the things that would make them more vigorous.
Taking all factors into consideration, vineyards situated on hillsides (even gently sloping ones) tend to produce the best winegrapes. That’s why Hill Haven seeks out hillside vineyards throughout California when procuring grapes for its wines. It’s part of the winery’s mantra of settling for nothing but the best.
Similar to Cabernet Sauvignon but with less tannin and fruit. Delivers earlier maturing wines. Often blended with Cabernet; on its own may soften with age, though fruit flavors may fade.
- Grape Composition:Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Other Red Varieties
- Grape Source:Select Vineyards in Various California Growing Regions
- Aromas & Flavors:Cassis, Assorted Berries and Hints of Oak and Black Olive
- Aging Vessels:Assorted Oak Barrels
- When to Drink:Now Through 2013
- Food Pairing Suggestiona thin-sliced lamb sandwich, or Greek fare.
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