2016 Hahn Pinot Noir SLH Estate

Year: 2016
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 90
Vinous Media: 90
Wine Enthusiast: 91
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
Price :
$18.95
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$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!!

"Offering a mix of dried berry, black tea, spice and loamy earth flavors, this succeeds, delivering moderately ripe fruit and loamy tannins. Best from 2019 through 2024. 34,000 cases made. -J.L." (WS)

"Vivid red. Aromas of black raspberry, cherry and cocoa powder, with hints of woodsmoke and underbrush emerging with aeration. Juicy and supple in texture, offering ripe red berry and mocha flavors that deepen on the back half. A touch of vanilla adds sweetness to a nicely persistent, gently tannic finish, with the mocha note echoing." (VM)

"Ripe cherry fruit is cut by touches of rust and turned soil on the inviting nose of this bottling. The mouthfeel is thick and grippy, carrying rounded berry flavors, a hint of baking spice and some dried thyme on the back end." (WE)

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.