Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2016! #67
92WS - ""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." - Wine Spectator, 92 points!
"Opens with aromas black currant and strawberry, with subtle notes recalling lavender and cardamom. On the palate soft tannins, and vibrant black plum flavors frame this wine’s silky, velvety texture ending in a smooth, graceful finish." - Winery
100% Pinot Noir aged in 100% French oak, 40% new, for 10 months.
During the 1790s, Spanish missionaries recognized the rare soils and favorable climate of the Santa Lucia Highlands of Monterey and planted grapevines there. Yet nearly two hundred years later when Nicolaus (Nicky) Hahn and his wife Gaby first purchased land in the Highlands, cattle, sheep and horses ranged over the hills. Vineyards were a secondary concern. Nicky immediately saw that the land he had purchased was destined for greater things than grazing stock. He wasted no time. In 1980, the Hahns released their first wine from SLH. A mere eight years later, Nicky led the charge to establish SLH as an American Viticultural Area, a dream he saw realized in 1991. Today, Hahn Family Wines, now run by Nicky and Gaby's son Philip, owns and sustainably farms 650 acres of estate vineyards in the Santa Lucia Highlands. SLH enjoys worldwide acclaim for the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay made there.
It was Nicky Hahn who suggested that the Santa Lucia Highlands be deemed a unique winegrowing district. In 1991, three years after he and fellow vintners made their appeal, the federal government approved the Highlands as an official American Viticultural Area (AVA).
Today, Hahn SLH Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are produced entirely on Hahn estate in this breathtakingly beautiful region of Monterey County. The fruit grows in the family-owned vineyards and the wine is barrel-aged in the winery's cellar. When it's time to blend the wine and get it in the bottle, the winemaker Paul Clifton chooses the barrels that he feels epitomize the aromas, flavors and structure of Pinot Noir from the Santa Lucia Highland. Only a very limited number of barrels are deemed worthy to carry the SLH label.