2017 Hahn Chardonnay SLH Estate

Year: 2017
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 90
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!!

'A toasty style, with flavors of pear, apple and ripe melon, flanked by plush, tropical accents. Shows spicy richness on the glistening finish. Drink now through 2021. 13,000 cases made. -K.M." (WS)

Winery Notes:
Tasting Notes:
Hahn SLH Chardonnay greets the nose with citrus, stone fruit and hints of banana and vanilla. A viscous mouthfeel with welcoming acidity that showcases stone fruits, citrus and hints of apple and spices.

Vineyard Notes:
98% Lone Oak Vineyard, 2% Smith Vineyard. 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.

Production Notes:
100% Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes:
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.

Food Pairing Notes:
Dijon-Tarragon Cream Chicken