The Hilt Wines

Estate Pinot Noir

2019
Santa Rita Hills
Central Coast
California
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The HILL Wines Eh-STAYT Pee-NO NWAR
Varietal
Pinot Noir
$56
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COLOR
Medium Red/Ruby
BODY
TANNIN
ACIDITY
SWEET
ALCOH.
13%
GRAPE(S)
Pinot Noir
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Why this wine made the cut…
Accessible, yet has tension and serious complexity.
Santa Rita Hills, California
GRAPE VARIETAL(S)
Pinot Noir
100% Pee-NO NWAR
Pinot Noir is arguably the most revered grape variety in the world with origins in Burgundy, France where the best expressions can still be found. Pinot Noir is not only a tough grape to grow, it also shows miniscule differences in terroir arguably more than any other grape variety. Stylistically, it is generally higher in acid and lower in tannin but can vary depending on the location, and winemaking technique. It is very versatile with food, and shows a range of flavor from red and black fruit, floral, spice, earth, and mineral qualities.
Country / State
California
Region
Central Coast
Sub Region
Santa Rita Hills
Producer
The Hilt Wines
Winemaker(s)
Matt Dees
Vintage
2019

The Hilt

Santa Rita Hills, California

The Hilt’s Rancho Salsipuedes is located on north-facing, windswept hills in Santa Rita, miles from the ocean. This may be challenging terroir for a grape grower, but it provides optimal conditions for winemaking. 

The Hilt panoramic vineyard viewThe Hilt panoramic vineyard view
The Hilt vineyard rowsThe Hilt vineyard rows

The terroir is defined by poor soils that make vines struggle and grow deeper, and a cool maritime climate that allows grapes to ripen slowly, developing complex flavors while retaining good acidity despite warm daytime sun. 

The pinot noir from The Hilt combines intense fruit and tension with layers of complexity and a depth of flavor that speak to the quality of this unique terroir.