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Hillside Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Ratings

Vintage 2010:
  •   Gold Medal - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition - 2016
Vintage 2006:
  • 94 Points - Wine Enthusiast 2010
  • 93 Points - Editor's Choice

Bella's Blend Ratings

Vintage 2008:
  • Wine Enthusiast S.H. 92 Pts Cellar Selection
Vintage 2007
  •     95 Points - Wine X / JustWinePoints.co
Vintage 2006
  •     94 Points - Cellar Selection - Wine Enthusiast S.H. 
A deeply impressive Bordeaux blend. It comes from this small, but prestigious, appellation, which is a bridge between Sonoma County and Napa Valley. Marked by dryness and a superb tannic structure, it has deep flavors of blackberries, black currants, violets, herbs and cedar. Needs time. Give it 4–6 years in the cellar. Cellar Selection.
  •     Very Good+ (90 Points) - KensWineGuide.com - 11/15/2009
    This tasty dark ruby colored red blend was a new discovery for me at this years WBC. It opens with an attractive black cherry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, nicely balanced, very smooth, and elegant. The flavor profile is a blend of blueberry and black cherry. The finish is dry and its fine tannins are nicely prolonged. Pair this attractive red with grilled barbecue short ribs and enjoy. Cheers - Ken, November 15, 2009
 

Cabernet Sauvignon Ratings

Vintage 2009:
 
  •     Wine X Magazine-JustWinePoints 94 Points
 
Vintage 2005:
 
  •     90 Points - Wine Spectator - August 2008
 
  •     "Knights Valley, an inland Sonoma County region, is not well known, but is home to some impressive Cabernets.  This one, a first release, shows enormous promise.  It's made in the modern style, slightly soft but richly textured, with ripe currant, cherry, chocolate and new oak flavors that are grounded with an earthy note of olives and herbs.  This is a winery to keep an eye on." - SH, Wine Enthusiast, August 2008
  
  •   94 Points - Porthos The Wine Insiders
 
  •     THE WINE INSIDERS "OUTSTANDING 94" RATING:
    The first thing you notice is its ultra rich and plushy texture, featuring satiny tannins that float across the palate with cocoa powder, blueberry, espresso, dark berries, tobacco, and a hint of cedar. Perfectly balanced it shows great complexity and a seemingly interminable finish that lingers delightfully for a full 30 seconds. Don’t miss this sumptuous new discovery destined for greater fame (and prices!) in vintages to come. Enjoy tonight or anytime over the next 5 years, peaking in 2010 in our estimate. 94 points.
 

Bellarina Meritage Red Ratings

Vintage 2009:
 
  •     95 Points - Wine X Magazine / JustWinePoints.com - January 2014
 

White Table Wine Ratings

Vintage 2011:
 
  •     Wine X Magazine 95 Points 
 

White Meritage Ratings

Vintage 2012:
 
  •     97 Points - Wine X Magazine-JustWinePoints - 5/19/14
 

Sauvignon Blanc Ratings

Vintage 2008:
 
  •     88 Points - Top Values 2009 - Wine Spectator
  
  •   "Appealing for its refreshing spicy lime peel, tangerine, melon and green apple notes. Light-bodied and juicy with good intensity through the finish. Drink now. 500 cases made." –MW
    89 Points - Editor's Choice
 
 

Awards

Hillside Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Awards

Vintage 2006:
 
  •     Silver Medal - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition - 2009
  •     Gold Medal - Sonoma County Harvest Fair - Wine Competition - 2009

 

Bella's Blend Awards

Vintage 2008:
 
  •     Gold Medal - Sonoma County Harvest Fair - 2012
 
Vintage 2007:
 
  •     Double Gold Medal - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition - 2011 
 

Cabernet Sauvignon Awards

Vintage 2008:
 
  •     Gold - 2012 Sonoma County Harvest Fair
 
Vintage 2007:
 
  •     GOLD - San Francisco Chronicle International Wine Competition - July 2011 
  •     93 Points - Wine X Magazine - July 2012 
 
Vintage 2006:
 
  • Gold Medal - 2009 - Sonoma County Harvest Fair - Wine Competition - 2009
   
  • Gold Medal - Finger Lakes International Wine Competition - March 2012 
 
Vintage 2005:
 
  •     Gold Medal - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition - 2009
 
  •     Gold Medal - Sonoma County Harvest Fair - Wine Competition - 2008
 

White Table Wine Awards

Vintage 2011:
 
  •     Gold Medal - New York International Wine Competition - May 2012 
 
  •     White Meritage Wine of the Year - New York International Wine Competition 

 

White Meritage Awards

Vintage 2012:
 
  •     Gold Medal - Sonoma County Harvest Festival - 2012

 

Sauvignon Blanc Awards

Vintage 2010:
 
  •     Gold Medal - Sonoma County Harvest Fair