Hahn Estates Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir 2012
Pinot Noir from Central Coast, California
This Pinot Noir offers soft tannins, delicious plum and cherry aromas and flavors, a hint of allspice and an underpinning of the earth itself. Without a doubt, its defining feature is its irresistibly silky, velvety texture.
Decanter - "Clonal selection vines from a variety of sites across the AVA have been planted here. Lovely berry fruits on the nose, with juicy notes throughout, emphasizing the fruit. With strawberry and cranberry flavors, this is certainly a warmer expression of Pinot Noir than you'd find in some Old World sites, but a delicious, juicy and thoroughly enjoyable wine all the same. "
Wine Enthusiast - "The nose is reserved at first, but then offers a mushroomy earthiness alongside fresh raspberry, chopped black sage and olive tapenade. There is a solid blend of tannins, fruit and acid on the palate, like black tea and espresso with berry syrup. "
Tasting Panel - "Creamy and lush with vanilla and toasted oak; crisp and juicy with bright fruit and silky texture; full-flavored and balanced with a long, rich finish."
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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.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review43.8 out of 5 stars
5 ratings, 3 with reviewsAlexandria5 - Matthews, NC39/30/2014
Give it a chance to breath and it with settle in nicely.maphill01 - Los Angeles, CA43/1/2015
- Smooth & Supple
Wineseeker - Wichita, KS411/14/2014I still love this pinot noir but I have noticed that there are differences in taste of bottles that I purchase. I usually purchase 3 or 6 at a time but its still a wonderful pinot for the price just sometimes you don't get the wow factor.Frederick Cerbo - Hackensack, NJ49/2/2014
- Light & Fruity
Wilfred Wong (of Wine.com) - San Francisco, CA48/18/2014
- Smooth & Supple
Some of California's finest pinot noirs come from the Santa Lucia Highlands and Hahn is certainly one of the leaders. The 2012 shows wild flavors and pure varietal goodness. Ripe strawberries, some dried leaves and sweet earth flavors, a very satisfying wine.
- Earth & Spicy
- Pair With
- grilled portobello mushrooms with a red wine reduction sauce