Hahn 2013 Pinot Noir Estate, Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey
The Hahn's founded their first vineyards in the late ‘70s in Monterey County and started producing wines that really made everyone take notice. In 1988 Nicky Hahn advocated for the new wine appellation that ultimately led to the creation of the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA. Since then it's been clear that the vineyards in this area were special. The combination of high altitude and the cooling influence of the ocean breezes make it a perfect region for growing Pinot Noir with lots of character and intensity. The sourcing for this 2013 was 52% Smith Vineyard, 42% Doctor’s Vineyard and 6% Lone Oak Vineyard. The wine was aged up to 10 months in 40% new French oak barrels. Wine Spectator made it a "Smart Buy" with a 92 point score and
Wine Enthusiast Magazine scored it 93 points saying "Crystalline cranberry, concentrated violets and rose petals and a shred of cola show on the nose of this upper-level bottling from one of the appellation’s longtime stars. The palate shows graphite and dried strawberry fruit amped up with woody coyote scrub elements, reflective of the chaparral that surrounds the property."