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Hahn Winery Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir 2013

Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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14.5% ABV
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4.1 59 Ratings
14.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

This Pinot Noir opens with aromas blackcurrant and strawberry, with subtle notes recalling lavender and cardamom. On the palate soft tannins, and vibrant black plum flavors frame this wines silky, velvety texture ending in a smooth, graceful finish.

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WE 93
Wine Enthusiast
Crystalline cranberry, concentrated violets and rose petals and a shred of cola show on the nose of this upper-level bottling from one of the appellation’s longtime stars. The palate shows graphite and dried strawberry fruit amped up with woody coyote scrub elements, reflective of the chaparral that surrounds the property.
WS 92
Wine Spectator
Impressive, showing density, concentration, depth and persistence, with layers of blackberry, mocha, cedar, spice and berry pie. Finishes with a strong presence. Drink now through 2021.Smart Buy
WW 91
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
Can one have its cake and eat it too? The 2013 Hahn SLH Pinot Noir is a really fascinating animal. On the one hand, it shows classic earth and all that stuff and on the other hand, it comes back with a mouth-coating suppleness that is almost too smooth and endearing. I don't know whether I should stand up in a sports bar and drink this one or sit in a bistro and savor it with a rack of lamb. This must be one of the multi-purpose wines. Yes, I can have my cake and eat it too! Deep ruby, garnet color; zippy herbs, with black fruit in the nose; medium bodied, lots of smooth textures with an accent of tobacco after a bath in oodles of black fruit richness; long and lacy in the aftertaste. (Tasted: December 17, 2015, San Francisco, CA)
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Black cherry and rich plum; juicy and lush with spice and velvety texture; clean, long and balanced.
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Hahn Winery

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Hahn Winery, Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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Our founder, Nicky Hahn, grew up speaking German. In his native language, the word ‘Hahn’ means rooster, which is why a depiction of this bird has always graced the label of our Hahn wines. From the beginning, Nicky strove to produce exceptional varietal wines from Monterey County where Hahn’s vineyards and winery are located.

This assemblage of classically-styled varietal wines—along with our GSM Rhone-inspired blend—are now under the care of second-generation vintner Philip Hahn, who proudly carries on his father’s legacy. Vintage after vintage, we style our Hahn wines to be fruit-forward, balanced and supple. Our vineyards in the Santa Lucia Highlands and Arroyo Seco AVAs are a significant source of fruit for these wines.

Santa Lucia Highlands

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Perhaps the most highly regarded appellation within Monterey County, Santa Lucia Highlands AVA benefits from a combination of warm morning sunshine and bracing afternoon breezes. This allows grapes to ripen slowly and fully, resulting in concentrated, flavorful wines that retain their natural acidity. Wineries here do not shy away from innovation, and place a high priority on “green” viticultural practices.

The climatic conditions here are perfectly suited to the production of ripe, rich Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. These Burgundian varieties dominate an overwhelming percentage of plantings, though growers have also found success with Syrah, Riesling, and Pinot Gris.

Pinot Noir

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One of the most difficult yet rewarding grapes to grow, Pinot Noir is commonly referred to by winemakers as the “heartbreak grape.” However, the greatest red wines of Burgundy prove that it is unquestionably worth the effort. More reflective than most varieties of the land on which it is grown, Pinot Noir prefers a cool climate, requires low yields to achieve high quality, and demands care in the vineyard and lots of attention in the winery. It is an important component of Champagne and the only variety permitted in red Burgundy. Pinot Noir enjoys immense popularity internationally, most notably in Oregon, California, and New Zealand.

In the Glass

Pinot Noir Is all about red fruit—strawberry, raspberry, and cherry. It is relatively pale in color with soft tannins and lively acidity. It ranges in body from very light to the heavier side of medium, typically landing somewhere in the middle—giving it extensive possibilities for food pairing. With age (of which the best examples can handle an astounding amount), it can develop hauntingly beautiful characteristics of fresh earth, autumn leaves, and truffles.

Perfect Pairings

Pinot’s healthy acidity cuts through the oiliness of pink-fleshed fish like salmon, ocean trout, and tuna. Its mild mannered tannins don’t fight with spicy food, and give it enough structure to pair with all sorts of poultry—chicken, quail, and especially duck. As the namesake wine of Boeuf Bourguignon, it can even match with heavier fare. Pinot Noir is also very vegetarian-friendly—most notably with any dish that features mushrooms.

Sommelier Secret

Pinot Noir is dangerously drinkable, highly addictive, and has a bad habit of emptying the wallet. Look for affordable but still delicious examples from Germany (as Spätburgunder), Italy (as Pinot Nero), Chile, New Zealand, and France’s Loire Valley and Alsace regions.

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