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2013 The Hilt Chardonnay Old Guard

Retail: $65.95

$49.99

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Rating
95 Pts Antonio Galloni - Vinous

Color
White

Size
750 mL

ABV
14.1%

Closure Type
Cork

Vintage
2013

Varietal(s)
Chardonnay


Organic

BioDynamic

Collectable

Kosher

Sparkling

Dessert


Taste

apple, pear, peach, apricot, lemon, lime, orange, pineapple, kiwi, butter, cream and vanilla

Nose

apple, pear, peach, apricot, lemon, lime, orange, pineapple, kiwi, butter, cream and vanilla

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Antonio Galloni - Vinous:

"A wine of precision and translucent purity, the 2013 Chardonnay Old Guard is superb. Here, the greater reliance on Santa Maria fruit over Sta. Rita Hills, aging in neutral oak and mostly blocked-malo style come together to yield a vibrant, pulsating Chardonnay built on energy. Lemon peel, white flowers, green orchard fruit and chalk are all given an extra kick of brightness of acidity on the finish, where a slight element of Burgundian-inflected reduction adds further nuance. This is a stunning Chardonnay from The Hilt and Winemaker Matt Dees."

Jeb Dunnuck - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:

"Slightly more chiseled and energetic than the Vanguard (I actually prefer the aromatics on the Vanguard), the 2013 Chardonnay Old Guard offers lots of salty minerality in its citrus blossom, crushed rock and stone fruit-driven bouquet. Medium-bodied, tight, taut and focused on the palate, with bright acidity that stays nicely integrated, it's another classy and impeccably made Chardonnay from this team to drink over the coming decade. This comes from the oldest vines of the Sanford & Benedict Vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills and the Solomon Hills Vineyard in the Santa Maria Valley and spent 11 months in all neutral oak barrels."

Product Description:

"Classic Old Guard nose driven by tropical and exotic notes of lime, cinnamon, dried pineapple and candied ginger. Complex hints of gunsmoke reduction alongside aromas of fresh baked brioche with almonds. Dense and soft on palate with substantial vigor. Finishes with bright acidity on the sides of the tongue and lingering echoes of fresh baked goods and tart green apples. Generous, supple and soft. A pillow of fruit with mouthwatering acidity. Ripe stone fruit pushes past the sparkle of acidity on the lengthy finish, oyster shell brininess on finish." - Matt Dees, Winemaker

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