The Hilt Vanguard Pinot Noir 2011 Front Label
The Hilt Vanguard Pinot Noir 2011 Front Label

The Hilt Vanguard Pinot Noir 2011

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750ML / 14.1% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

The aromas on the 2011 Vanguard fills the room with explosive notes of perfumed red fruit, ground white peppercorns, candied strawberries and dried tobacco. The nose is highlighted by a pretty touch of matchstick, ash and allspice. Reserved and tight at first, but with time in glass it shows off a velvet-like texture of fresh raspberry fruit. The tobacco note is reminiscent of chewing on a Cohiba cigar. Perfect amount of vinous stem character and typical earthy notes of the old vines. A tightly coiled wine that is framed by refreshing acidity and benefits greatly from decanting (or cellaring). Like a classical music piece that builds slowly from an ethereal whisper to a full sweeping symphony. A complete and stunning wine that speaks volumes of the power and reserve of the old vines.

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Looking at the reds, the 2011 Pinot Noir Vanguard offers up a savory, masculine feel with earthy black cherry, spice box and edgy minerality that flows to a medium-bodied, concentrated and razor sharp palate. There’s no baby fat here and this impressive effort should be given another year or three in the cellar. Drink 2016-2023+.
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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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