Hahn SLH Estate Pinot Noir 2017
The California appellation known as Santa Lucia Highlands in Monterey County has a long, interesting history of grape growing, which has come full circle in the last few years. In the 1790's, Spanish missionaries thought the soils and climate of the Santa Lucia Highlands would be ideal for growing wine grapes so they planted grapevines there. Yet two hundred years later, instead of vineyards, there were cattle, sheep and horses grazing the hills and acting as the primary industry of the area. In the late 1970's, Nicky and Gaby Hahn saw the potential to re-establish grape growing in the SLH. They purchased hundreds of acres of land (at a fraction of the cost they would now) and in 1980, the Hahns released their first wine from SLH. Eight years later, Nicky led the charge to establish SLH as an American Viticultural Area, a dream he saw realized in 1991. Today, Hahn Family Wines, is run by Nicky and Gaby’s son Philip, and the estate is comprised of 650 acres of sustainably farmed estate vineyards in the Santa Lucia Highlands.
Santa Lucia Highlands has become well-known for producing excellent Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The estate-bottled Hahn SLH Pinot Noir is one of the best buys from here on the market. Aged in French oak barrels for 11 months, this opens with alluring aromas of black cherry and dark currant. What follows are intense black fruit flavors balanced by ripe red plums and a hint of allspice. A slight acidity beautifully highlights the supple tannins and persistent finish. Serve with grilled chicken, lamb, salmon or cheeses. The 2014 vintage of this wine was a TOP 100 WINE OF THE YEAR 2016
|Region||California, Central Coast, Santa Lucia Highlands|
Wine EnthusiastTart and candied berry aromas meet with tangy pomegranate and hibiscus on the nose. The palate combines more cranberry and pomegranate flavors with dried herbs, all framed by energetic acidity and firm tannins. Editors' Choice.
VinousTranslucent red. Spice-tinged aromas of fresh red berries and cherries are complemented by incense, vanilla and cola accents. Clean and racy on entry, then deeper in the middle, offering cherry cola, raspberry and spicecake flavors and a touch of florality on the back half. Subtle tannins come up slowly on a smooth, fruit-driven finish that lingers with very good persistence.