Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.

Hill Family Estate 2009 "Carly's Cuvee" Chardonnay - Review

Napa Valley, California

Our Selection for Wine of the Week March 26, 2012

A bottle of Hill Family Estate 2009 Carly's Cuvee Chardonnay, our wine of the week

Hill Family Estate
2009 "Carly's Cuvee" Chardonnay

Napa Valley, CA

The Hill family knows about Napa Valley grapes, having farmed vineyards for three decades before founding their namesake winery. Doug Hill planted the estate's first vineyard in 1984. Hill Family Estate has grown to twelve vineyards totaling 250 acres including both hillside and valley floor sites. Currently, the winery produces Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and several red blends. The 2009 "Carly's Cuvee" Chardonnay comes from a selection of both hillside and valley vineyards to produce a complex wine. On the nose, the Chard offers pear and tropical fruit aromas, vanilla and a modest oak influence. Soft on the palate, its flavors are of Bartlett pear, crisp apple and a touch of white peach mingled with bright citrus acidity and a bit of honey and toast on the finish. It's a pretty wine, although we would prefer if it were slightly lower in alcohol. Try it with pasta in a cream-based sauce, roast chicken with garlic mashed potatoes or a roasted vegetable casserole. The wine would also work well with brunch dishes like a bacon-laced quiche.

Rating: 13.5/20

Other Chardonnays we have tasted
Check out our Napa Valley Travel Guide

For more information, visit

See also:
Hill Family Estate 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon

More Wine of the Week Reviews


Sip on GAYOT's picks of the best small-production craft beers.

Sip straight or mix up a margarita with GAYOT's picks of the best tequilas under $100.