Hahn Estates Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir 2006
Pinot Noir from Central Coast, California
The Hahn SLH Pinot Noir is comprised of grapes grown from four of the Hahn Estates Santa Lucia Highlands Vineyards at elevations up to 1,200 feet. The conditions of the Doctor's and Lone Oak Vineyards, and the Smith and Hook Ranches are ideal for growing Pinot Noir, bathed in the sun above the valley fog, while the ocean breezes keep the temperature moderate and allow for a long, cool growing season.
Jeweled in a crystal-clear ruby hue, this sultry wine opens to a nose of soft rose petals and earthy aromas. Pepper and nutmeg draw you in and as the wine passes your lips you are surprised by the elegant and rich mouthfeel. At first taste, this juicy wine gives uncut wild berry and strawberry flavors with hints of melted caramel. Viscous flavors of black cherry combined with slight citrus notes give this wine a unique twist. Soft, velvet-coated tannins taper off with a long finish, making this a perfect pairing with virtually any dish.
Try with vinaigrette-glazed grilled Ahi with spinach and mixed green salad in a raspberry vinaigrette with berries, red onions, avocado and goat cheese.
Connoisseurs' Guide - "When we first tasted this wine, we were surprised and almost mistrusting of its richness and sheer fruity depth, but a second bottle confirmed our initial impressions that Hahn has achieved something special. While showing all of the ripeness and rich, black cherry fruit that we have come to expect of Pinots from this appellation, it is impeccably balanced and shows a wholly unexpected measure of real finesse. It lengthy fruit refuses to quit, and it is without peer when it comes to out-and-out value."
Hahn Estates Winery
The spectacular beauty of California's Central Coast is probably the best-known region in all of California for its unique lifestyle. Monterey County's dramatic ocean scenery, historic communities, artistic culture, verdant pine forests, and bountiful agriculture have beckoned adventure-seekers, seafarers, artists, writers and vacationers for over 100 years. And the 99 miles of breathtaking Pacific coastline is something no other California county can boast.
The wind and fog interact with solar radiation to slow grapes' ripening, producing up to two months longer growing season than in warmer grape growing regions. These conditions create fruit with more varietal intensity, flavor, depth and structure, and thus, exceptional wines. In German, "Hahn" means "Rooster" and for this reason a rooster embellishes the Hahn Estates label, honoring the Hahn Family’s European Heritage. With an inspiration to raise Monterey wines to the highest level, the wines of Hahn Estates are created with a philosophy that all great wines are special – akin to the region they were grown in. The Hahn wines celebrate everything that is Monterey – unique in thought, style and setting. View all Hahn Estates Wines
About Central CoastView a map of Central Coast wineries
The largest of California's wine growing regions, the Central Coast produces the majority of California's wine. The district sprawls out, covering most of the vineyard land between San Francisco and Santa Barbara. Smaller sub-AVAs of the Central Coast include Monterey Bay, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains and many others.
Notable FactsGrape varieties range from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. Some Central Coast wine is generic, bulk wine that contributes to the high production numbers of the area. But many winemakers and wineries, particular in some of the smaller AVAs, are small production artisans, creating unique and high-quality wine. The great thing about the Central Coast is its diversity - you're able to find a number of grape varieties and styles at a number of different price points.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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4 ratings, 3 with reviewswilliry - Raymore, MO51/12/2010I bought the first bottle, drank it and thought it was outstanding. It has a deep red hue, a wonderful nose, and a great finish. Nice, mellow (but not weak by any means) taste. I ordered a second bottle a few weeks later, and confirmed that this is my favorite I've ever gotten from wine.com. I'm glad to see that there's more in stock now.16/5/2011Didn't care for the aftertaste.henry sotomayor - Chicago, IL48/11/2011MushyRau - San Francisco, CA43/17/2010a luscious pinot from santa lucia highlands where pinot's can get pricey. this is a great buy and rich, fruity and elegant. easy to please with this one.
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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