Hahn Winery

Hahn Winery Chardonnay SHL Estate Grown Santa Lucia Highlands / Hahn Winery Chardonnay SLH Estate Grown Santa Lucia Highlands 2019

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Tasting Notes This SLH Chardonnay offers citrus, apple and hints of ripe tropical fruit and vanilla. Full bodied with a sticky texture in the mouth and balanced acidity. On the palate, lemon and vanilla combine with delicate rose notes, leading to an elegant and long finish.
vintage notebook
Rainfall in 2018 was half of what it used to be. Partial irrigation was therefore carried out in January and February in order to wake the vines out of winter with soils of adequate moisture content. The last winter storms arrived in March, but by the end of the month all plots were showing signs of budding. In early spring, the temperature was lower than usual, and the ground was covered with clouds and fog due to the cold sea. Such cool weather patterns complicate vine growth. Summer temperatures were not too high, which allowed the fruit to ripen slowly, giving the grapes complexity, color and depth. Another great vintage from the Santa Lucia Highlands.

Viticulture Our vineyards in the Santa Lucia Highlands (SLH) have a long, dry growing season that results in wines with depth, complexity and ripe flavors. Lone Oak, Doctors, Smith and Hooks vineyards in SLH are located on plateaus with altitudes of 60m-360m. The area's abundant sunshine and well-drained soils give the wines a concentrated flavor.

Lone Oak 99%, Smith 1%

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Tasting Notes
Lively aromas of citrus, orange blossom with hints of tropical fruit and butterscotch. On the palate, this wine is full-bodied with a silky, smooth mouthfeel and balanced acidity. Flavors of lemon, pineapple and pear, combined with delicate butter notes and creamy minerality, lead to an elegant long finish.

About average winter rainfall provided good soil moisture profile for the start of the growing season. Budbreak started the last week of February, mostly in younger blocks, with the rest popping out mid-March. Canopies were at arm's length by the end of April with no signs of cap fall until the middle of May. Veraison started slightly later than normally, towards the end of July, which led to a later start of harvest. The weekend of 9/14, we had a heat spike, but after three days The weather returned to normal. The harvest started fast, but overall had a beautiful even pace with cool nights and moderate daytime temperatures throughout the end of season. Tannins, round mouthfeel and soft acidity.

Vinification The carefully harvested grapes are further sorted for quality preservation, then pressed and all juices fermented in French oak barrels. After fermentation, the lees are stirred by hand every three weeks for 11 months. Winemaker Paul Clifton has selected casks that best represent the aromas, flavors and textures of the Santa Lucia Highlands to create this SLH Chardonnay.

Aging: 35% new and 65% old French oak barrels for 11 months
TA: 6.5g/L
pH: 3.8
Winery information
The winery was founded in the 1970s by Nikki and Gaby Hahn, German-Swiss immigrants. Initially, we planted cabernet trees and started making wine, but due to the characteristics of this region, which is affected by the cold currents of the Pacific Ocean and the deep, cold seawater of Monterey Bay, in the 1980s, we began to revitalize our capabilities in a cooler environment. Replanted with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. In 1988, Nicky, who was convinced of the potential of this area, started activities to have Santa Lucia Highlands (SLH) recognized by AVA, and finally in 1995 it was recognized as AVA. Today, the Santa Lucia Highlands is widely known as a fine wine producing area, especially Pinot Noir.

Today, the Hahn family owns 6 company fields in Monterey County, 4 company fields 260ha in SLH, 2 company fields 184ha in Arroyo Seco AVA spreading to the south, a total of 444ha. increase. Of these, 140ha is planted with Pinot Noir, accounting for 12% of the entire SLH Pinot Noir field, making it the winery with the largest share. It also has the richest clonal variety in the region, currently growing 21 different Pinot Noirs.

The variety of soils, climates, sunshine due to the direction of the slopes, and the combination of clones make it possible to create a wonderful Pinot Noir that cannot be imitated by others, and the Pinot Noir expresses the individuality of the terroir of each company field. I'm here. The growing season in this region is about 25 days longer than in other California viticultural regions, resulting in grapes with rich flavor, depth, structure and great concentration.