Jeb Dunnuck
The Hilt, 2015 The Hilt 'Old Guard' Pinot Noir

"The Old Guard cuvée always shows an earthier character, and the 2015 Pinot Noir Old Guard is no exception. Underbrush, herbs, forest floor and black tea notes are all supported by plenty of black cherry and currant fruit. Medium to full-bodied, concentrated and structured, with lots of ripe tannin, it needs hidden in the back of the cellar for 7-8 years."
Wine Advocate
The Hilt, 2015 The Hilt 'Old Guard' Pinot Noir

"Pale to medium ruby-purple in color, the 2015 Pinot Noir Old Guard has pronounced black cherries, black raspberries and anise on the nose, with a stems-inspired, herbal undercurrent, lending plenty of spice box and savory notions. Medium-bodied and led by a structure of chewy tannins and lively acidity, it has a great core of earthy/savory layers and finishes on a peppery note."

The Hilt, 2015 The Hilt 'Old Guard' Pinot Noir

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2015 The Hilt 'Old Guard' Pinot Noir
The Hilt

VINEYARD Fruit from a few select vineyards in Rancho Salsipuedes located in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA: Radian and Sanford & Benedict Vineyards. Vines between 8-44 years of age. Radian Vineyard’s steeper, more rugged and rocky terrain is the core of The Old Guard. Vineyards for The Hilt wines are all high in altitude, but Radian’s ridgelines are the steepest, reaching nearly 700 feet at its highest points.

SOIL Rocky and diatomaceous earth

VINIFICATION AND AGING The last Pinot to be picked. 100% whole-cluster. Aged 12 months in 100% neutral French oak.

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