1985 William Hill Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
Drink between 1988 - 2002 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 22

  • PSPatrick wrote:

    March 8, 2019 - The bottle was in good condition, but the cork broke. The wine was dark garnet in colour and offered black currant, cherry and plenty of bell pepper as well as herbal spice on the nose. On the sour and fruit-bitter palate, the wine showed cherry, weak black currant, bell pepper, spices and herbal spice, with slightly pronounced acidity, fully resolved tannin and good length. On day two, the wine remained fruit-bitter, but was more cedary and leathery and tired. This bottle was still drinkable, but had passed its prime probably five to ten years ago. A few year past it’s best. Drink up. NR.

  • wynlvr wrote: 92 points

    February 9, 2019 - Drinking really well. I don't think it will get any better, but where is is today is just right!

  • bestdamncab Likes this wine: 91 points

    May 7, 2017 - From a double magnum, third of four nights, Cabernet Sauvignon at its best, floral nose of black cherry, black berry, briar, and dusty earth, same on the palate, big body, delicious, elegant, time to drink up but showing the best nose and palate tonight of all four nights, mouth filling and tasty fruit, long, long, flavorful finish.

  • bestdamncab Likes this wine: 90 points

    May 5, 2017 - Nose of black cherry, boysenberry, sage, and dusty earth, same on the palate, found a double magnum in the cellar from an auction I bought for $70 two years ago, consumed over four nights at $17.50 a night and worth it, big body, showing its age and secondary taste characteristics, delicious, mouth filling fruit, time to drink up, this was a great Cabernet Sauvignon year so I bought a lot of !985 vintage wines and enjoyed them all, easy to sip and savor, long, long finish.

  • HandmadeHomemade Likes this wine: 89 points

    November 26, 2015 - I took a little time for this wine to open up. The next day the wine was better, but not great. By the third day, the wine had finally opened up and was strutting it's stuff. Notes of cranberry, cherry, old wood, and earth. Tannins were dry, tea-like. I was surprised that this wine held on it's own for three days considering the age. From a magnum.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    3/10/2012 (link) 88 points

    (William Hill Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve) Bricking, slightly cloudy, dark red violet color; cedar, mushroom, tart cassis, tart currant nose; tart currant, cedar palate with medium acidity; medium-plus finish (past its prime, time to drink up)

  • By Richard Jennings
    4/22/2010 (link) 87 points

    (William Hill Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve) Group's #8 (my #6) – 90 pts; 0, 2, 1, 0 - very dark red violet color; mature cassis, plum, herbal nose; herbal, tart black fruit, menthol palate with some astringency and backward tannins; medium finish

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1985
  • Type Red
  • Producer William Hill Winery
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation Reserve
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Napa Valley

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 1 (0%)
  • In Cellars 139 (52%)
  • Consumed 128 (48%)

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