2016 Hahn Chardonnay SLH Estate

Year: 2016
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands
Country: USA - California
Vinous Media: 90
Wine Enthusiast: 87
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
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!!

"Limpid yellow-gold. Smoke-accented yellow apple and peach pit scents are complemented by subtle lemon pith, white pepper and chamomile flourishes. Supple and broad on entry and then tighter in the midpalate, offering lively citrus and orchard fruit flavors that show good definition and back-end thrust. Finishes on a building floral note, with lingering spiciness." (VM)

"Almond, yellow peach, daffodil and noticeable oak aromas show on the nose of this bottling. Dried lime peels, apple slices and lemon juice dominate the palate, which feels a tad dried out rather than fresh." (WE)

Winery Notes:
We produce our Hahn SLH Chardonnay entirely in the Santa Lucia Highlands where we grow the grapes in our own vineyards, choose the best fruit, hand-stir the wine on the lees every three weeks for 12 months, and then age the wine in French oak barrels in our cellar before bottling it on site.

This Hahn SLH Chardonnay is rich and layered, with silky notes of peach, nectarine, ripe pear and vanilla. Its rich taste profile results from our winemakers selecting fruit that yields the most expressive aromas and flavors. After the fruit is carefully sorted, the grapes are whole-cluster pressed and fermented entirely in small, French oak barrels. We then hand-stir the wine on the lees every week for the 12 months this wine rests in barrel. When the wine is ready to be bottled, we choose the barrels we feel best exemplified the aromas, flavors and structure of the Santa Lucia Highlands.