2015 Hahn Chardonnay SLH Estate

Year: 2015
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 91
Vinous Media: 90
Jeb Dunnuck: 90
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.1%
Price :
$14.95

$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!!

"Vibrant and rich-tasting, offering a complex array of fig, quince, pear and ripe citrus flavors. Well-structured, with notes of lemon meringue on the plush, focused finish. Drink now through 2022. 11,610 cases made. -K.M." (WS)

"Light bright gold. Fresh honeydew melon, nectarine and honey on the nose and in the mouth, backed by vanilla and floral nuances. Juicy and focused in style; a spine of juicy acidity adds cut and back-end lift. Closes silky and long, featuring a hint of smokiness and a late touch of refreshingly bitter citrus pith." (VM)

"The 2015 Chardonnay SLH is a winner I'd happily drink. White flowers, citrus blossom and hints of pineapple all emerge from this medium-bodied, fresh, juicy, undeniably delicious Chardonnay that's ideal for drinking over the coming 2-3 years." (JD)

Winery Notes:
Our vineyards planted in the Santa Lucia Highlands experience a long and dry growing season that results in wines with remarkable depth, complexity and ripe fruit flavors. Our SLH vineyards – Lone Oak, Smith, Doctor’s, and Hook – are planted on a narrow bench at elevations ranging from 200 to 1,200 feet above sea level. Here, plentiful sun and well-drained soils aid concentration and flavor development.

THE 2015 GROWING SEASON:
A perfect spring and early bud break coupled with the typical daytime temperatures and accompanying winds has led to another incredible harvest in the Santa Lucia Highlands. The 2015 season was earlier than a normal vintage. Cool weather at flowering lead to reduced fertilization, thus light yields. Warm nighs due to warmer than normal ocean temperatures accelerated ripening.

WINEMAKING:
After being carefully picked and precisely sorted for quality, the grapes were pressed off their skins and fermented entirely in small French oak barrels. We then hand-stirred the wine on its lees every three weeks for the 12 months this Chardonnay aged in barrel. Our winemaker, Paul Clifton, selected the barrels he felt best expressed the aromas, flavors and texture of the Santa Lucia Highlands.

SENSORY EVALUATION:
Hahn SLH Chardonnay has crisp aromas of honeysuckle, vanilla, hints of citrus and banana. Full bodied flavors with viscous, round mouth-feel of citrus balances the acidic finish.


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