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2014 The Hilt Pinot Noir Vanguard Santa Rita Hills

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Rating
95 Pts Antonio Galloni - Vinous

Color
Red

Size
750 mL

ABV
14.1%

Closure Type
Cork

Vintage
2014

Varietal(s)
Pinot Noir


Organic

BioDynamic

Collectable

Kosher

Sparkling

Dessert


Taste

ripe cherry, plum, strawberry, raspberry and mushroom

Nose

barnyard, cherry, plum, game and tomato

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Antonio Galloni - Vinous:

"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

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