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2015 Hahn "SLH" Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

SKU #1303708 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Pinot Noir Hahn SLH has a medium ruby-purple color and pronounced nose of baked black cherries, warm plums and raspberry preserves plus suggestions of spice box, violets and dried Provence herbs. Medium to full-bodied, it gives a great concentration of red and black fruit preserves with a firm backbone of chewy tannins and an herbal lift to the finish. (LPB)  (9/2017)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 This widely available and well-priced appellation blend shows dark aromas of black raspberry, elderberry, wet slate and crushed gravel on the nose. The wine makes a soft entry on the palate, where mulberry meets with Earl Grey tea and a pinch of anise. (MK)  (10/2017)

90 points Wine Spectator

 A graceful style that's medium-weight, with spicy, floral flavors of wilted rose and raspberry. Well-focused and persistent, maintaining its graceful balance and ending clean, with fine-grained tannins. Drink now through 2022. (JL, Web-2017)

K&L Notes

Great $20 to $30 Pinot Noirs are rare these days with the grapes themselves, and the materials to make them the right way, costing too much to keep it in that range over time. Sure, Pinot at that price is everywhere but most are mass produced and don't much like the varietal on the label. We are always apprehensive about the quality before we taste them and most fulfill these expectations. So on the rare occasion that we find one that is not only affordable but also varietally and regionally correct and critically acclaimed the only thing we can do is back up the trucks and shout from the heavens (or at least our e-mail platform) "BUY THIS, BUY THIS NOW!" (Bryan Brick, K&L)

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Staff Image By: Stephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/15/2017 | Send Email
Hahn's SLH Pinot from 2014 was a huge hit and the 2015 has finally arrived! Red currant, black cherry, toasted oak and spice come together in this lush, fresh, crowd-pleasing Pinot. At our price, this easygoing Pinot is a great value!

Staff Image By: Jim Boyce | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/15/2017 | Send Email
I have never stocked a single wine more than the 2014 Hahn Pinot Noir during the Oct-Dec months last year. It was a huge customer favorite that we could not get enough of! The scores are in again for this fantastic 2015 vintage and the wine is sure to be another hit. Ripe raspberry and cherry fruits with a hit of baking spice and oak on the finish that will once again fill the $20 to $30, crowd-pleasing Pinot Noir space that is getting harder to find each year.
Top Value!

Staff Image By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/14/2017 | Send Email
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The 2015 Pinot Noirs from our best coastal growing areas continue to astound me with their exceptional richness and presentation, and the 2015 Hahn SLH is a great example of the super high quality of this vintage. Rich in appearance, the color is deep ruby with lovely reddish hue, while in its opulent bouquet you will be treated to a Pinot of lush, ripe smells of blueberry, strawberry, and violets, with hints a creamy, wet river stone, mild toasty characteristics. All of this carries over nicely to a broad, viscous, elegant mouthfeel that leads to a long silky finish. We need cases of this Gem, according Rusty, to which I totally agreed… so be it! A WONDERFUL VALUE!!! ***** 14.5% ABV *****
Drink from 2017 to 2025

Staff Image By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/12/2017 | Send Email
The Hahn label is not unfamiliar to K&L; the 2012 vintage did extremely well in our wine club and had people coming back for more. The 2013 was one of the top selling Pinot Noirs of 2015 and a wild customer favorite. The 2014 went from one of the top Pinots of the year to flat out one of the top wines of the year, period! So we were chomping at the bit to get to the very quantity short, but equally great 2015 vintage. The 2015 bottling shows the same great interplay between Santa Lucia Highlands power and density and the pure Pinot Noir driven fruit and spices. Full of spiced plum, licorice, boysenberry and cherry cola this wine is packed with complexity and flavor for its respective price point. With surprising delicacy and length on the palate this charms not only with the restrain it shows but also with its overall feel, one of a slightly coating richness but still with enough vigor to pair with any multitude of foods or just be your go to after work cocktail red.

Staff Image By: Anthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/10/2017 | Send Email
Nice, full bodied, juicy Pinot to tear through the craving. Complemented by some oak-derived flavors, this multi-dimensional bottle can follow you through all of your evening stages, from cooking, to eating, to relaxing on the couch.

Staff Image By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/9/2017 | Send Email
For those who have been coming in and asking, the wait is over: the new vintage of Hahn SLH Pinot is in stock! This wine has flown out the door in the past two vintages for good reason: it is incredibly balanced for the price being asked. Sweet red berry with notes of baking spice are all blended upon a layer of acid that keeps the wine fresh and focused. A true crowd-pleaser in that it is both immediately approachable, and has layers of complexity to hold your attention.

Staff Image By: Mari Keilman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/8/2017 | Send Email
When I first tasted the Hahn Pinot Noir, I liked it but something wasn't quite right. It had a lush, medium body mid-palate with soft, sweet raspberries and sun-ripened strawberries, but it was missing the focus and purity that I was used to from the last vintage of the SLH. So I stuck it in the freezer for a few minutes and it was a complete game changer! It went from being a friendly, approachable, rich crowd-pleaser, to a Pinot Noir with refinement and balance. So regardless of whether you want to put a slight chill on it or serve it straight away, this Pinot Noir severely over delivers on all notes!

Additional Information:


Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Santa Lucia Highlands