The HiltEstate Pinot Noir 2018
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 2017 Pinot Noir, comes from Bentrock, Radian and Sanford & Benedict 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 newest Estate 2018 offers aromas of black cherry and baking spice. “Seamless and pure red fruit rolls across the palate with pomegranate-like juiciness. One can sense the cold, windy conditions of our estate vineyards in the focused and streamlined attack and persistent yet balanced brightness on the finish. It offers solid Hilt structure with large quantities of impossibly fine tannins. Altogether this is a seductive and deeply complex Hilt Estate Pinot Noir,” explains winemaker, Matt Dees.
- AppellationSta Rita Hills