2016 Hahn "SLH" Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir SKU #1328012

Price: $18.95

WE 91 VN 90 WS 90
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K&L Notes

Hahn selects fruit from four individual Santa Lucia Highlands vineyards for their SLH bottling, which represents a fantastic value for this highly regarded AVA. A cool spring season in the greater Monterey area in 2016 set small clusters of tiny Pinot Noir berries which led to particularly concentrated flavors. The wine was aged in 1/3 new French oak for 11 months before the winemaker selected barrels for inclusion in this bottling that properly represent the Santa Lucia Highlands terroir. Hahn describes the wine with "aromas of bright red cherry and strawberry with hints of earth, spices and toasty oak. An explosion of red fruit including strawberry, cherry and raspberry welcome the palate, finishing with refined tannins and a soft mouthfeel." By the by, the suggested retail price on this wine is $30...

Staff Reviews

  • Stephanie Vidales
    By: Stephanie Vidales
    9/5/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    This year's release of the Hahn SLH is a killer value and the ultimate crowd pleaser! It has a bold nose of blackberries, plum, earth and toasted oak while the palate has fantastic balance with plenty of fresh acidity. This wine is ready to drink and would make a great wine for any party or occasion. It's no wonder why vintage after vintage, the Hahn SLH is a best seller among our customers!
  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    8/30/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    Year after year this is an exceptional Pinot Noir in the sub-$20 price point. I don't know how Hahn deliver such beautiful, pure fruited, Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir time and time again for this price! The 2016 bottling has a little extra bounce in its step this year after the severe drought broke and California finally got some rain. The vines were obviously replenished as the fruit here is just singing. Pure red berries, ripe raspberry, cherry, sandalwood, clove. Nice richness, weight and forward fruit on the mid-palate but still very "Pinot" in its expression. Silky, expressive and balanced. Drinks well above its price point. Fantastic party wine or daily drinker; lots of character and class for a very modest price.

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