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THE HILT 10 PN VANGUARD
Item: #268270
Bottle Size: 750ml
WA: 90
$44.95
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THE HILT 2010 PINOT NOIR "VANGUARD" SANTA BARBARA COUNTY 750mL

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE 90 POINTS - "The Hilt is a new project headed by Stan Kroenke, Matt Dees and Armand de Maigret, the same team behind Jonata. This strong set of new releases suggests the future is very bright for The Hilt. I also tasted the 2011s, but they are very, very young and still need considerable time to come together. There will be a new Chardonnay in 2011 called Vanguard, which will round out the current lineup to two Chardonnays and two Pinots.

The 2010 Pinot Noir Vanguard doesn’t have the fleshiness or exuberance of the 2009. This is a more linear style of Pinot built on energy and minerality. It possesses good length, but a bit less body and ripeness. Subtle hints of earthiness and tobacco add complexity to a finish laced with considerable subtlety and understatement. This is a pretty wine, but it doesn’t quite have the complete feel of the 2009. The 2010 is 67% Sanford & Benedict, 23% Bien Nacido and 10% La Encantada. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2017.

The Hilt is a new Pinot Noir project made by winemaker Matt Dees. Matt is the winemaker at Jonata and The Paring, and he brings the same dedication to The Hilt wines. Out of the 10 varieties planted at the Rancho de San Carlos de Jonata, there is no Pinot Noir. Only grapes from the Ranch should be under the estate namesake label. La Poesia de Jonata is discontinued as a label, it is now part of The Hilt line of wines.
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