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2016 Hahn SLH Chardonnay

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Removed from a temperature controlled wine cellar; Purchased at restaurant inventory reduction

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RATINGS

90Vinous / IWC

Smoke-accented yellow apple and peach pit scents are complemented by subtle lemon pith, white pepper and chamomile flourishes. Supple and broad on entry and then tighter in the midpalate, offering lively citrus and orchard fruit flavors that show good definition and back-end thrust. Finishes on a building floral note, with lingering spiciness.

REGION

United States, California, Central Coast, Santa Lucia Highlands

Santa Lucia Highlands AVA is a 12-mile long, narrow strip of an appellation wedged along the eastern hillsides of the Santa Lucia mountain range. Given its proximity to Big Sur and the Gabilan Mountain Range to the northeast, Santa Lucia a cool-climate wine growing district. Morning sun is often followed by maritime winds and fog in the afternoon, a weather pattern that prolongs the growing season and means long, gentle ripening of the grapes. Spanish missionaries planted vineyards in the district in the 18th century, but it wasn’t until the 1970s that modern winemakers planted vineyards and began making high quality wine. The district received AVA status in 1991 and today there are 6,000 vineyard acres in the Santa Lucia Highlands. Pinot Noir is the dominant grape planted, followed by Chardonnay and Riesling.

TYPE

White Wine, Chardonnay

This white variety originated in Burgundy, but is now grown around the world. Its flexibility to thrive in many regions translates to wide flavor profile in the market. Chardonnay is commonly used in making Champagne and sparkling wines.