The Hilt’s 3,600-acre estate is home to 100 acres each of Pinot noir and Chardonnay (find my review of the 2017 Chardonnay here).
This 2017 Pinot, raised in a mix of new and neutral French oak, is a youthful purple-fuchsia color. The body is suffused with red-floral aromas tinged with herbs: I get cherry and rhubarb and tomato, mint and sage and grass. The palate is crystalline and richly embroidered, the flavors and sensations in marbled filigree. It sounds like a lot going on, but it feels seamless and integrated. I’m certain it can continue to evolve for five years or more.
2017 The Hilt Estate Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills
13.2% abv | $45 (sample)