2016 vintage – 41% Merlot, 14% Zinfandel, 13% Malbec, 11%% Syrah, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon 4% Petite Sirah, 3% Pinot Noir, 3% Grenache 3% Petite Verdot, 2% Mouvedre, and 1% Cabernet Franc. The 2016 offers loads of kirsch and blackberry fruits as well as complex spice and tobacco characteristics. Fruit forward and charming with a dense color and soft palate. The Hill Family Estate Barrel Blend is put together with the help of Kyle Knox, a great surfer and a wine professional, who loved the idea of ‘being in the barrel’ as both a wine term, and a surfing term. Located on the northern edge of Yountville, Hill Family Estate produced their first wines in 2001. Having a repertoire of 12 different vineyards to draw from, they are able to select only the highest quality fruit for their wines. Today the Hill Family owns 120 acres of vineyards with a focus on Atlas Peak, Carneros and Oak Knoll. They are 100% family-farmed, family-owned and family-operated – growing fruit for Napa wineries as well as their own wines.