Hahn Estates Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir 2010 – Silky, Spicy, Smoky and Delicious

Now this is some good California Pinot!

100% Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, California.

SRP of $35 and available for as low as $22 (Saturday Splurge). Sample submitted for review.

From the bottle:

“The Hahn SLH Estate with over 650 vineyard acres in the Santa Lucia Highlands, represents a tradition of excellence in winemaking, green business practices and sustainable farming.

Winemaker Paul Clifton selected a blend of Pommard 5, 667, 777, II5, and 2A from our Doctor’s (65%), Smith (22%) and Lone Oak (13%) vineyards to create the finest expression of the vintage. This wine exhibits layers of complex fruit flavors, coupled with velvety tannins and cool climate acidity, hallmarks of the SLH appellation. Ready to enjoy now, this wine can cellar for several years prior to enjoyment.

14.5% Alcohol”

Today’s wine comes from Hahn Winery who you may remember from their wonderful California Pinot Noir. That wine currently holds the #5 spot on our Top 10 Reds list and is available for as little as $10. Given how much we loved their lower priced Pinot, we just had to give their high end Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir a try even though it clocks in just over $20. So how did it compare? Let’s find out!

The 2010 Hahn Estates Santa Lucia Highlands (SLH) Pinot Noir begins with a delicious aroma of black and red cherry, spice, vanilla, dried herbs and flowers. The wine has a wonderfully complex taste of black cherry cola, licorice, spice, smoke, black pepper, raspberry and even a few mineral notes. Silky, dusty tannins make for a wonderful mouthfeel. It ends with a long and spicy finish featuring nice toasty oak, vanilla and caramel accents. Excellent and worth every penny!

See a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.

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