Hahn 2014 Pinot Noir Estate, Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey
Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of 2016!
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 2014 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 scored it 92 points and selected it as one of their Top 100 of 2016! They said "The texture is plush, with lots of complex flavors, ranging from plum to anise to dusty, cedary oak. Satisfying from start to finish, ending with dusty, nutmeg-scented tannins. Drink now."