2014 Hahn Chardonnay SLH Estate

Year: 2014
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands
Country: USA - California
Vinous Media: 89
California Grapevine: 90
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
Price :
$14.95

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$25.00 LIST PRICE!!.....DON'T CONFUSE WITH THEIR "REGULAR" BOTTLING, THIS IS THEIR SANTA LUCIA HIGHLAND ESTATE EFFORT. TOP FLIGHT AND WE THINK UNDER-PRICED AS WELL!!

"Bright yellow. Ripe pear, peach and smoky lees on the nose, joined by an emerging hint of vanilla. Smooth and broad on the palate, offering juicy orchard and pit fruit flavors and a touch of bitter quinine. The smoky note comes back on the spice-tinged finish, which is sharpened by a jolt of tangy acidity." (VM)

"2. 2014 Hahn, “SLH,” Santa Lucia Highlands ($25) –Medium-light golden yellow; attractive, forward, slightly toasty, green apple aroma with light, tropical notes and a hint of honeysuckle; medium to medium-full body; fleshy, green apple and melon flavors with a touch of citrus, spicy notes, and a slight creaminess in the mouthfeel; lingering aftertaste. Very highly recommended. 14.1% alcohol; 14,000 cases; 100% Chardonnay; 100% BF; 70% ML; released October 2015. (Group Score: 16.3, 1/0/3; My Score: 17 [90/100], fourth place)" (CGV)

Winery Notes:
Our Hahn SLH Chardonnay is an estate wine produced entirely in the Santa Lucia Highlands. We choose the best fruit, hand-stir the wine on the lees every three weeks for 12 months, then age the wine in French oak barrels in our cellar before bottling it on site.

Wine Profile:
Tasting Notes:
Rich and layered with silky notes of citrus orange, honeysuckle, caramel, and vanilla with hints of stoney minerality.

Vineyard Notes:
Our vineyards planted in the Santa Lucia Highlands experience a long, dry growing season that results in wines with singular depth, complexity and ripe fruit flavors. All four of our SLH vineyards – Lone Oak, Doctor’s, Smith, and Hook – are planted on a narrow bench at elevations ranging from 200 to 1,200 feet above sea level. Here, morning sun is plentiful and the gravelly, sandy loam soils drain beautifully, helping to create concentrated fruit flavors.

Winemaker Notes:
To make our 2014 Hahn SLH Chardonnay, our winemakers selected fruit that yielded expressive aromas and flavors. After the fruit was carefully sorted, the grapes were whole-cluster pressed and fermented in small, French oak barrels. We then hand-stirred the wine on the lees every week for the 12 months this wine rested in barrel. When the wine was ready to be bottled, we chose only the barrels we felt best exemplified the aromas, flavors, and structure of the Santa Lucia Highlands.

Food Pairing Notes:
Petrale sole stuffed with bay scallops and dungeness crab, hazelnut crusted chicken, or carrot cake with cream cheese frosting.


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