Go searching throughout Napa Valley for a winery called Hamilton Creek and your chances of finding one are next to none. Here’s why. When estates in California have a surplus of juice to sell, it is possible for wine distributors/brokers to buy high-quality wine to blend and bottle under their own private labels. This is one such wine, made from Cabernet Franc grown at a very famous Napa Valley winery and purchased and crafted by one of our importers. While the Cabernet Franc grape is often used for blending in both Bordeaux and California, it is the absolute star here. Hamilton is ripe, polished, medium-full-bodied and balanced. Black cherry, cassis, vanilla and mocha abound with the slightest hint of sweet bell pepper, a classic nuance of the grape.