2017 Hahn Grenache Santa Lucia Highlands Estate Grown

Year: 2017
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands
Country: USA-California
Wine Enthusiast: 88
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
Price :
$21.95

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"This is a very oak-driven style of Grenache, as the vanilla-laden wood spice dominates the hibiscus and cherry elements on the nose. Oak also coats the palate, but the brighter red-currant and cherry tones pop through by the midpalate. -Matt Kettmann" (WE)

Winery Notes:
Tasting Notes:
This light-to-medium bodied Grenache is ruby red in color with aromas of dark fruits. The palate has similar fruit notes such as black currant, with hints of cinnamon, subtle vanilla, and citrus blossom, coupled with silky tannins, and a persistent, lengthy finish.

HAHN’S SLH VINEYARDS:
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 avors. 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 avor development.

THE 2017 GROWING SEASON:
Abundant winter rainfall provided full soil pro les to start the growing season. A uniform and short bloom period coupled with cool growing temperatures through the early part of the season ensured even development with little variation throughout the vineyard blocks. Early summer temperatures were cooler than normal, while the end of summer brought temperatures with consistently warmer daytime and evening temperatures. All these factors culminated in full phenolic ripening, resulting in wines that have beautiful, deep color, balanced tannic structure, and round mouthfeel with soft acidity.

WINEMAKING:
After the fruit has been carefully picked and sorted, it is fermented in stainless steel tanks. It then ages for up to 15 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 avors of the Santa Lucia Highlands.

SENSORY EVALUATION:
Rich aromas bursting of strawberries, vanilla and rose petals. On the palate, further avors of strawberry, cherry and blackberry are supported by a well- balanced acidity and a long nish.