The Hilt The Old Guard Chardonnay 2010 Front Label
The Hilt The Old Guard Chardonnay 2010 Front Label

The Hilt The Old Guard Chardonnay 2010

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750ML / 14.1% ABV
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750ML / 14.1% ABV

Winemaker Notes

At this stage, this wine is completely driven by its strong core of minerality and the electricity generated by its mouthwatering acidity. Out of the bottle it immediately displays notes of baked apple, lime zest, honey, chamomile and classic chardonnay flintiness. A stony coolness from the combination of the old vines and the stainless ferments brings a level of restraint and austerity that adds elegance to the layers that quickly build up on the palate. Fruit density from the low yielding vines and toasty notes from the barrel ferments add richness and length. For a cool climate chardonnay it displays remarkable amounts of fruit alongside the expected notes of citrus, stone and oyster shell brininess. A wine of unusual depth, elegance, tension and balance, the 2010 Hilt Old Guard Chardonnay drinks exceptionally well today, but should be at its best with a few years in the cellar

Critical Acclaim

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Lemon, white flowers, spices, apples and a subtle hint of oak wrap around the palate in the 2010 Chardonnay Old Guard. This is an utterly impeccable, beautifully balanced Chardonnay oozing with class and pedigree. The layered, resonant finish rounds things out in style. The 2010 is 55% Sanford & Benedict and 45% Solomon Hills fruit aged 50% in neutral oak, 25% in new oak and 25% in stainless steel.
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The Hilt , California
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Wines defined by place, style and time. In the southwest corner of Sta. Rita Hills AVA lies a rugged, windswept, coastal vineyard, called The Hilt Estate; estate grower producer of stunning Pinot Noir and Chardonnay reflective of this dynamic corner of California.

Pushing the limits; in the farthest southwest reach of the Sta. Rita Hills AVA is home to Radian & Bentrock Vineyards, these vineyards dictate The Hilt style.

The numerous microclimates and unique soils provide a multilayered backdrop to create 3 unique expressions: Estate, The Guards, and Single Vineyards.

 In 2014, Matt Dees, Ruben Solorzano & team took on operation and farming of Radian and Bentrock Vineyards and shifted to precise sustainable & organic farming to transform and revitalize the soil.

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With a dry and mild climate cooled significantly by moist ocean fog and breezes, Santa Barbara County is a grape-grower’s dream. Part of the larger Central Coast appellation, Santa Barbara is home to Santa Maria Valley and Santa Ynez Valley. The conditions here provide an opportunity for nearly effortless production of high-quality cool-climate wines. This is also the site of the 2004 film Sideways, which caused Pinot Noir’s popularity to skyrocket and brought new acclaim to the region.

Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are the stars of Santa Barbara, producing wines marked by racy acidity. Crisp Sauvignon Blanc and savory Syrah are also important. The region is home to many young and enthusiastic winemakers eager to experiment with less common varieties including Chenin Blanc, Grüner Veltliner, Trousseau Gris, Gamay and Cabernet Franc, making it an exciting area to watch.

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One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While it tends to flourish in most environments, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. California produces both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines. Somm Secret—The Burgundian subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a bright style similar to the unoaked style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy Chablis.

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