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Pro Surfer Kyle Knox Creates ‘Barrel Blend’ Red Wine, Signature Stained Surfboard

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE – Napa Valley, California.: Hill Family Estate Winery and Pro surfer Kyle Knox have announced the release of the Barrel Blend red wine which includes an opportunity to have your very own wine-stained surfboard custom made to your specifications. The wine is an artisan blend hand-crafted by utilizing excess wine from Hill Family Estate’s core portfolio.

“We created this wine to attract the Millennial generation of younger wine drinkers,” says Ryan Hill, proprietor. “This is our most affordable bottle of red wine with a price point of $20 per bottle. It is a terrific value.”

After working with The Fender Custom Shop® creating the 60th anniversary Presidential Select Stratocaster® winestained guitar project, Ryan turned his focus to his love of surfing. “I contacted a high school friend of mine who dates Kyle Knox, pro surfer and wine lover,” says Ryan. “In a matter of weeks, they came up to winery to taste wine – the rest is history.”

Kyle has travelled around the world chasing swells, searching for the perfect wave. He also competes across the globe in Association of Surfing Professional events. Kyle has been the overall points champion of the Monster Energy/SunDiego Pro-Am surf tour as well as a starting member on the National Surf League’s San Diego team. When he and Ryan Hill partnered for this exclusive project, Kyle brought his love of wine to the project to participate in this custom red wine blend. “I am excited and proud to be a part of this project,” says Kyle. I think it is a great way to combine two things I love and have a great passion for – surfing and wine. I could not have been more proud of the final product. The wine tastes amazing and the label is beautiful.”

Alison Green-Doran, Hill Family Estate winemaker, hand-crafted 2,000 cases of Barrel Blend, which is a proprietary blend of red wine. The blend is made in the style that appeals to Kyle – very approachable, yet complex and balanced which is similar to the wine he gained an affinity for while competing in the Margaret River area of Western Australia. Currently Ryan and Kyle are working the wine market in California promoting the Barrel Blend project through wine tastings, dinners and other special promotional appearances.

• For future vintages of Barrel Blend, plans are in place to foster the “Wheaties Cereal Box” model where each vintage will feature Kyle in a different barrel photograph. Gary Fishman, Wine Buyer at Wally’s in Los Angeles helped write the copy for the back of the label. This branding will create a collectible.
• The distinctive signature label was co-created by by Mandy Masciarelli and sports photographer Joshua Walker.

• ABOUT 2005 BARREL BLEND WINE:
Production: 2085 cases
Composition: 56% Merlot, 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Syrah
Vineyards: Soda Canyon, Beau Terre, Stewart, Red Door,
Bianchini, Kidde, Rocca
Appellation: Napa Valley
Elevation: Soda Canyon 1200 ft, Valley floor
Vine Age: 4 to 8 years
Cooperage: 16 months in 10% new French Oak, 10% new Hungarian Oak
Alcohol: 14.8%, TA 0.58, pH 3.69

The 2005 Hill Family Estate Barrel Blend is a combination of different vineyards. We utilized mountain Cabernet Sauvignon from Soda Canyon and Bianchini, along with valley floor Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon from the Beau Terre, Stewart and Red Door Vineyards. The mountain grapes have intensity and finesse and the valley floor grapes have plushy, friendly palates. At the very last, we added 5% of our Syrah which really tied things together. Though all the lots were very good wines, the resulting blend is greater than its parts – a really exciting wine.

Winemaker Alison Doran’s Tasting notes:
The nose has a great “wow” factor – unmistakably Napa in its elegance, but with an earthy blackberry and vanilla appeal that really makes you want to take a sip. And the palate is lovely, balanced, seductive and interesting, with plushy berry fruit and vanilla scented oak playing backup on tannins.

• This custom stained Kyle Knox signature surfboard is one of two in this limited edition series. Kyle has one that he rides on ocassion and the other is a piece of art hanging in the Hill Family Estate Tasting Room in Yountville. The board has been air-brushed stained using an exclusive mixture made from wine grapes called
“Hill Harvest Red”. The wine stained surfboards will be offered as a commission only piece available only through Hill Family Estate.

Kyle is sponsored by: Oneill – oneillclothing.com, Von Zipper -vonzipper.com, Sun Diego Board Shops, sundiego.com, GFH skateboards, gfhboards.com, Ezera surfboards, ezerasurf.
com and Creatures of Leisure accessories, creatures.com.au