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2016 The Hilt Pinot Noir Vanguard

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2016 The Hilt Pinot Noir Vanguard

Single Bottle - Standard - 750ml

HK$1,200.00

Tasting Notes:

The 2016 Pinot Noir Vanguard reveals notes of damson, plum, raspberries, currant leaf and rose petal, followed by a medium-bodied palate structured around fine-grained tannins, showing a bit more texture and mid-palate weight than the Sta. Rita Hills bottling, but to my taste less energy and complexity. Its acids are tangy and linger on the youthfully primary finish. The Vanguard hails from warmer sites that are sheltered from the wind. 580 cases were produced.

Tasting Notes:

Similarly colored, the 2016 Pinot Noir Vanguard is destemmed and sees plenty of new barrels. Currants, blackberries, crushed rocks, and spice notes as well as some floral and violet notes all flow to a richly textured, beautifully balanced Pinot Noir that has sweet tannins, lots of density and structure, and a great finish. It has more elegance and layers than the estate cuvée but is certainly in the same ballpark. Give bottles 2-3 years in the cellar.

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The Hilt champions pinot noir and chardonnay from the climate margins of California's coastal winegrowing regions—Santa Barbara County's Sta. Rita Hills and Santa Maria Valley AVA's prominent among them.The philosophy of "growing in the margins" propels winegrowers to employ practices that enable grapes to show full transparency of site—key to The Hilt's philosophy. Within this framework, The Hilt ferments two distinct styles of wine-The Old Guard and The Vanguard. The former relies on elegant clonal selections planted on poorer soils along with minimalist cellar methods to produce a wine with minerality and structure at its fore. The latter is sourced from more robust clones planted on slightly richer soils revealing a wine with balance, power and fruit driven qualities. As hinted at in the name, The Hilt goes "all the way" in its quest for expression and quality; nothing is held back in terms of effort.