"Tart and candied berry aromas meet with tangy pomegranate and hibiscus on the nose. The palate combines more cranberry and pomegranate flavors with dried herbs, all framed by energetic acidity and firm tannins." -91pts. Wine Enthusiast

WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    Pinot Noir
  • ALCOHOL
    14.50%
  • SIZE
    750ml

As fruity as it is ripe and nicely focused on dark cherries all the way from first nosing through to its lingering, lightly tannin-firmed finish, this full and wide-open wine emphasizes the juicy aspects of Pinot above all else but gets a slight lift in sweetness from its well-managed complement of mildly creamy oak. Not as complex as it is out-and-out fruity, it arguably has room for a couple years of growth, yet there is nothing about it that interferes with enjoyable drinking right now.

TASTING NOTES 

Aromas of bright red cherry, strawberry with hints of earth, spices, and toasty oak. An explosion of red fruit including strawberry, cherry and raspberry welcome the palate finish with refined tannins and a soft mouthfeel.

THE STORY TO KNOW

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 our founder 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’d 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.