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The Hilt Pinot Noir 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.

“A powerful, resonant wine, the 2016 Vanguard exudes intensity and structure, all in a compelling package that has so much to offer. Readers will have to give the 2016 at least a few years to come into its own, but it is positively stellar. The rich, resonant finish makes the 2016 nearly impossible to resist, even at this early stage.” - Robert Parker’s protégé Antonio Galloni

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.

“A powerful, resonant wine, the 2016 Vanguard exudes intensity and structure, all in a compelling package that has so much to offer. Readers will have to give the 2016 at least a few years to come into its own, but it is positively stellar. The rich, resonant finish makes the 2016 nearly impossible to resist, even at this early stage.” - Robert Parker’s protégé Antonio Galloni

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 Rita Hills