The Hilt
Pinot Noir 2016 – 750ml

The Hilt Pinot Noir 2016 - K. Laz Wine Collection

While most know of Stan Kroenke as the proprietor of Screaming Eagle, he also owns The Hilt, a great winery down in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA located in Santa Barbara County. The Hilt is dedicated to producing expressive, terroir-driven Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. All their wines come from their estate vineyards and for this 2016 Pinot Noir, comes from Bentrock, Radian and Puerta del Mar Vineyards. The unobstructed, ocean facing east-west valley known as Sta. Rita Hills Valley is a complex AVA. One could divide it into four quadrants: northern-facing, southern-facing, close to the ocean, and further inland from the ocean. With such a frame, The Hilt’s favorite vineyards are in the northern-facing, closest to the ocean, windswept quadrant. These sites are the worst place for a grape grower, but the best ones for a winemaker. This 2016 is "exotic and perfumed with an enticing combination of black and red notes, black pepper, blackberry, Balaton cherry and purple sage. It is defined by a velvet and silky texture that are the trademarks of the 2016 vintage. Powerful inner perfume mingles with powdered tannins and moves towards a gentle collision between mouthwatering tannins, dense and dark fruit, bright acidity and lingering spice. This is most stunning and complete expression to date of the potential of our windy and wild estate vineyards. —Winemaker Matt Dees

Wine Facts

  • Vintage 2016
  • Bottle Size 750ml
  • Appellation Sta. Rita Hills
  • Country USA
  • Region Santa Barbara County


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