William Harrison Vineyard & Winery
How could something good become great? Simply add one of the best “up and coming” and perhaps already there, winemakers, Chuck McKahn. Let me backtrack for just a moment, William Harrison has always made good solid Cabernet’s and Cabernet Franc over the years. I have sought out their Cab Franc out for several years. William Harrison is a family run business and has had great success over the years especially at the SF Chronicle tasting events. Now add Chuck McKahn, at age 27 he is already a seasoned and proven winemaker. I have no doubt in 10-20 years he will be one of the top ten winemakers in Napa Valley. He has just become their head winemaker. It will take a few harvests before his work can be showcased however.
While not a “fancy or eloquent” tasting room, they are friendly, down to earth and make most definitely produce already a solid and good assortment of wine. Besides their award winning Cab’s and Cab Franc’s they also produce award winning Chardonnay’s, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc. Most of their wine production is between 100-400 cases per varietal. Quality over quantity.
2011 Rutherford Red –297 cases, Gold Award: 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon – 409 cases, Bronze Award: 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
2011 Cabernet Franc – 320 cases, Silver Award: 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
2013 Chardonnay – 325 cases, Gold Award: 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
2013 Pinot Noir – 150 cases, Gold Award: 2016 American Fine Wine Competition
2013 Sauvignon Blanc –100 cases
Next time you are on the Silverado Trail, by all means stop by and experience some good wines, knowing that they will be producing even greater wines.
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