Jeb Dunnuck
The Hilt, 2015 The Hilt 'Vanguard' Pinot Noir

94
"The 2015 Pinot Noir Vanguard comes from slightly younger vines and see a portion aged in new French oak. It's similarly colored to the Old Guard cuvée but offers more fruit and polish on the nose. Cassis, dried cranberries, dried flowers and hints of mint all emerge from this layered, beautifully concentrated, focused Pinot Noir that's slightly more approachable than the Old Guard cuvée, yet should be just as long lived. It needs 3-5 years of cellaring to show its true potential."
–Aug-17
Wine Advocate
The Hilt, 2015 The Hilt 'Vanguard' Pinot Noir

94
"Pale to medium ruby-purple colored, the 2015 Pinot Noir Vanguard leaps from the glass with frisky Bing cherries, pomegranate and fresh cranberry notes plus hints of violets, cinnamon stick and fallen leaves. Medium-bodied, the palate gives a great intensity of crunchy, vibrant red berry flavors, framed by lovely ripe, grainy tannins and beautiful freshness, finishing long and perfumed."
–Sep-17
Wine Enthusiast
The Hilt, 2015 The Hilt 'Vanguard' Pinot Noir

94
"Deep, hearty and lavish aromas of nutmeg, boysenberry paste, purple flowers and forest floor show on the nose of this bottling by Matt Dees. It is a thick and masculine expression of Pinot Noir, yet is expertly balanced by bright acidity, polished but firm tannins and an earthy sensibility at its core."
–Jun-18
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2015 The Hilt 'Vanguard' Pinot Noir
The Hilt

VINEYARD Fruit from a few select vineyards in Rancho Salsipuedes located in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA: Bentrock, Radian, Sanford & Benedict Vineyards. Vines between 8-44 years of age. Grapes selected from certain blocks along the rolling hills which are more protected from wind. The long, rolling ridgelines of Bentrock Vineyard serve as the core of The Vanguard.

SOIL Clay, sediment, and shale make up the majority of Bentrock Vineyard along with outcrops of diatomaceous earth.

VIIFICATION AND AGING This is the first Pinot to be picked and therefore is completely destemmed. Aged for 12 months in 100% new French Oak barrels.

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