William Hill Estate Winery

Bench Blend
2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley

2011 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 15 | Lot No. 134
Vintage: 2009

William Hill Estate Winery

Bench Blend

Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley

5 cases produced


Our 2009 Bench Blend Cabernet Sauvignon displays opulent red and black fruit aromas and flavors with notes of ripe cherry, brown spice and sweet vanilla. The soft, plush mouthfeel, intense fruit and silky tannins evolve into a long, impressive fruit-focused finish, with hints of cassis and cocoa powder. This wine has the fruit intensity and structure to improve through years of aging, although its smoothness and approachability make it rewarding to enjoy now.

Aging Process

This wine was aged 21 months in 100% French oak barrels, imparting delicate spice notes in the finished wine. The wine was racked 4 times during the aging process.

Tasting Chart

bone dry very sweet
light body very full bodied
soft, gentle very crisp
no tannins heavy tannins

Ralf Holdenreid

Winemaker, William Hill Estate Winery

Winemaker, Ralf Holdenreid

Today, Ralf applies his breadth of experience to crafting William Hill’s sophisticated, contemporary wines from the Silverado Bench. “We have only begun to tap into the enormous potential of this region,” says Ralf. “Our 140-acre estate vineyard epitomizes the Silverado Bench –concentrated, flavorful grapes that make soft wines. I hope to express the quality of this region with every vintage.”

Country born: Germany

Education: He earned his MBA at UC Davis.

Years in the wine industry: 20-30 years

Winemaking Philosophy:
Growing up on his family’s vineyard in Reinhessen, Germany, Ralf gained a profound appreciation for cultivating the land. “Winemaking was part of my everyday life,” Ralf explains. “My upbringing helped me understand the importance of the vineyard in the finished wine.”

Q&A With the Winemaker

Q: Fill in the blanks: I chose to make this wine from this particular ______________ because ______________.

A: I chose to make this wine from this particular  caberent sauvignon  because  William Hill Estate’s Bench Blend Cabernet Sauvignon is crafted from select blocks within Napa Valley’s finest vineyards and is both elegant and rich, displaying intense fruit flavors with layers of complexity. This combination of unique characteristics

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Premiere Napa Valley Wine Collection

Winery Vintage Variety Appellation Fanciful Auction
William Hill Estate Winery 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Bench Blend 15
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