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The Hilt Chardonnay Vanguard 2016

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CWA

RP

WS

JS

AG

ST

W&S

JH

Price: $75.00

 
*Price includes complimentary ground shipping on 6+ bottles.

Perhaps the quintessential California Chardonnay, the Vanguard is resplendent with pure California fruit, toasty oak, and a thoroughly modern feel. This wine is designed to be the “show off” of the two, however it never loses its balance, structure, or purity. This wine typifies what California Chardonnay can be.

BACKGROUND
“One of the TOP Chardonnay and Pinot Noir producers in Santa Barbara County, The Hilt is managed by the team at Jonata (sister winery to Screaming Eagle), with up-and-coming superstar winemaker Matt Dees making the wines.” - Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

“It is always a thrill to taste through The Hilt's range with winemaker Matt Dees and his team. For some reason, these wines really suffer from a lack of visibility, and yet their quality is stunning across the range. In the introduction to this article, I wrote that Santa Barbara wines are underpriced relative to global peers. The Hilt was one of the estates I had in mind when I wrote those words. The bottled 2016s are just as exciting as they were when I tasted them last year from barrel. These remain some of the most compelling Chardonnays and Pinots being made in the United States today. That's all there is to it.” - Robert Parker’s protégé Antonio Galloni
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Kevin Bacons

*Price includes complimentary ground shipping on 6+ bottles.

Perhaps the quintessential California Chardonnay, the Vanguard is resplendent with pure California fruit, toasty oak, and a thoroughly modern feel. This wine is designed to be the “show off” of the two, however it never loses its balance, structure, or purity. This wine typifies what California Chardonnay can be.

BACKGROUND
“One of the TOP Chardonnay and Pinot Noir producers in Santa Barbara County, The Hilt is managed by the team at Jonata (sister winery to Screaming Eagle), with up-and-coming superstar winemaker Matt Dees making the wines.” - Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

“It is always a thrill to taste through The Hilt's range with winemaker Matt Dees and his team. For some reason, these wines really suffer from a lack of visibility, and yet their quality is stunning across the range. In the introduction to this article, I wrote that Santa Barbara wines are underpriced relative to global peers. The Hilt was one of the estates I had in mind when I wrote those words. The bottled 2016s are just as exciting as they were when I tasted them last year from barrel. These remain some of the most compelling Chardonnays and Pinots being made in the United States today. That's all there is to it.” - Robert Parker’s protégé Antonio Galloni



Ratings Sources

RP - Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
WS - Wine Spectator
CWA - California Wine Advisors
JS - James Suckling
IWR - International Wine Review

Winery The Hilt

Vineyard Designate

AVA

Region Santa Barbara County