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2014 The Hilt Pinot Noir Vanguard Santa Rita HillsPinot Noir from United States

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"The Hilt wines are inspired by a single place: Rancho Salsipuedes in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA and its distinctive vineyards, Bentrock, Radian and Puerta del Mar.Blocks o...

  • 95 Antonio Galloni - Vinous
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"The 2014 Pinot Noir Vanguard is deep and implosive, naturally within the Hilt's generally restrained style. Plum, sweet cherry, spice and menthol are all fused together in a pliant, textured Pinot loaded with textural nuance. Even with its forward fruit, the 2014 has quite a bit of underlying structure and tannin. This is one of the unqualified successes of the year in the Sta. Rita Hills. In 2014, the Vanguard is 100% Mt. Eden clone Pinot from Sanford & Benedict, done with fully destemmed fruit and aged in 45% new French oak.

This is an absolutely stellar set of wines from The Hilt. Winemaker Matt Dees has crafted what are the finest 2014 Santa Barbara Pinots I have tasted so far. As always, the Vanguard is made with fully destemmed fruit and sees more new oak..."

Product Description:

"The Hilt wines are inspired by a single place: Rancho Salsipuedes in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA and its distinctive vineyards, Bentrock, Radian and Puerta del Mar.

Blocks on the long rolling hills, slightly more protected from the wind give us an opulent and richly-textured style of wine. Wine made from grapes grown on these sites take a larger portion of new French oak, and in the end, are more supple and soft. These are the blocks used to craft The Vanguard." -Winery

Product Detail

Item # 100671
Country United States
Region California
Sub-Region Santa Barbara
Ratings

95 - Antonio Galloni - Vinous

Vintage 2014
Color Red
ABV 14.1%
Varietal(s) Pinot Noir
Size 750 mL
Closure Cork
Features
Taste ripe cherry, plum, strawberry, raspberry and mushroom
Nose barnyard, cherry, plum, game and tomato