2016 Hahn Pinot Noir SLH Estate

Year: 2016
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands
Country: USA - California
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
Price :
$18.95

$35.00 LIST PRICE!!.....DON'T CONFUSE WITH THEIR "REGULAR" BOTTLING, THIS IS THEIR SANTA LUCIA HIGHLAND ESTATE EFFORT. TOP FLIGHT AND WE THINK STILL UNDER-PRICED AS WELL!!

Winery Notes:
THE 2016 GROWING SEASON:
A dry and sunny year for Santa Lucia Highlands, however below average temperatures remained over the region through the end of May and into June. Gusty, northwesterly jet streams caused upwelling of very cold water in the Monterey Bay. This wind and cold water impacted the Salinas Valley day and nighttime temperatures. As most vineyards were in bloom during that period, the cooler temperatures caused an elongation of the typical time it takes for the fruit to set. We had very small clusters with very small berries lending to concentrated flavors.

WINEMAKING:
After the fruit has been carefully picked and sorted, it is fermented in open top stainless steel tanks. We then age this Pinot Noir for up to 11 months in a selection of small, 60-gallon French oak barrels. When the wine is ready to be blended, our winemaker selects only those barrels that exemplify the aromas and flavors of the Santa Lucia Highlands.

SENSORY EVALUATION:
Aromas of bright red cherry and strawberry with hints of earth, spices and toasty oak. An explosion of red fruit including strawberry, cherry and raspberry welcome the palate, finishing with refined tannins and a soft mouthfeel.