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THE HILT PINOT OLD GUARD '15

THE HILT PINOT OLD GUARD '15

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Region
Santa Barbara
Appellation
Santa Rita Hills

Type
Red
Varietal
Pinot Noir
Wine Enthusiast
93
Wine Advocate
96
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THE HILT PINOT NOIR "OLD GUARD", STA. RITA HILLS 2015

Antonio Galloni - Vinous

96+ Points

The Hilt's 2015 Pinot Noir Old Guard is a big, powerful wine that won't be ready to drink for at least a few years. Ample and dramatic in build, the 2015 exudes richness. A host of red-toned fruit, sage, mint and rose petal notes get an extra kick of aromatic lift from the whole clusters. The 2015 finishes with great focus and intensity especially for the year. This is a remarkable wine in every way. The 2015 is mostly Sanford & Benedict, with some fruit from Radian.

Wine Advocate

93+ Points

Pale to medium ruby-purple in color, the 2015 Pinot Noir Old Guard has pronounced black cherries, black raspberries and anise on the nose, with a stems-inspired, herbal undercurrent, lending plenty of spice box and savory notions. Medium-bodied and led by a structure of chewy tannins and lively acidity, it has a great core of earthy/savory layers and finishes on a peppery note.

Wine Enthusiast

93 Points

There's a damp-forest-floor quality of pine needles, turned earth, moss and exotic wood smoke to the nose of this bottling, which gives depth to the black-raspberry and caramel aromas. A zippy acidity carries from the front to back of the sip, where more forest-like flavors of juniper and bay leaf meet with hickory and boysenberry. The firm structure ensures ageability.

NVWE Notes: Loaded with red fruits and sweet-natured spice, this is a very impressive young Pinot. The aromas and the flavors that closely mirror the nose are a satisfying melange of red raspberry, pomegranate, red currant, strawberry, red plum, whortleberry, cherry pit, red apple skin, red rose, pink peppercorn, orange peel tea, cardamom, sandalwood, ginger, white pepper and woodsy spice. The flavors are lingering, well-evolved and substantial enough for service with dark fatty roasts and flavorful stews right now, but this wine’s ultimate worth will be revealed after several more years of development. 470 cases produced.

Wine Specs
Vintage
2015
Varietal
Pinot Noir
Appellation
Santa Rita Hills
Wine Enthusiast
93
Wine Advocate
96
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