2015 Hahn "SLH" Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay

SKU #1303710 91 points Wine Spectator

 This white is vibrant and rich-tasting, offering a complex array of fig, quince, pear and ripe citrus flavors. Well-structured, with notes of lemon meringue on the plush, focused finish. Drink now through 2022. *Smart Buys* (KM)  (7/2017)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 White peach and honey-butter aromas show on the nose of this richly styled bottling from one of the region’s bigger producers. Salt and nectarine appear strongly on the palate, which is bound together by a very grippy texture. Waves of caramel pop toward the finish. (MK)  (9/2017)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Scented of white peaches, grapefruit and croissant with touches of coriander seed and honeysuckle, the 2015 Chardonnay SLH gives plenty of expressive, relatively uncomplicated flavors with a refreshing backbone and a nice spicy lift on the finish. (LPB)  (9/2017)

K&L Notes

The Hahn label is not unfamiliar to K&L as we've had a string of amazing interest in their Pinot Noir over the last few years; 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, for us. 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 this year we decided to dive deeper into the brand and we were tremendously excited about what we found. Not only is their Pinot Noir fantastic again but so are a whole set of wines, the forerunner being the winery's Chardonnay counterpart which is a stunning $20 effort in the world of Domestic Chardonnay.

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Staff Image By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/12/2017 | Send Email
Cornmeal, toasted Challah bread, nectarine and minerality fill the clean and linear nose on this fully weighted wine. Fleshy, rich and with a pleasing light creaminess this is a bold enough Chardonnay to please the “bigger is better” fans but still has so much fruit complexity and a wealth of stone and spice components that people that enjoy more “traditional” Chardonnays should take note. Passion fruit, more buttered toast, orange marmalade and a pleasing flowery quality all intermingle on the full and well formed palate. This is something that we really think is tremendous for the value and should make a lot of friends with its generously friendly style over the summer and well into the fall.

Staff Image By: Jim Boyce | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/12/2017 | Send Email
Looking for a juicy, tropical fruit-laden, oaky California Chardonnay without the typical high price tag? This 2015 Hahn Chardonnay fits the bill! Ripe pear, mango and citrus fruits with a nice complement of oak lend great texture to this tasty, easy-drinking Chardonnay for just $20.
Top Value!

Staff Image By: Stephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/7/2017 | Send Email
The Hahn SLH Pinot Noir is a big customer favorite and this Chardonnay is another fantastic value. Lush and aromatic, this Chardonnay shows fresh lemon zest, orange blossom and vanilla with a rich, round texture and balanced acidity. At the $20 mark, this is an easy going white that is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Staff Image By: Christina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/30/2017 | Send Email
The 2015 Hahn Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay is perfect for anyone who loves a big, creamy style, but with subtlety and delicacy. The Hahn estate is family owned and run, in a cool climate region in Monterey County, and the Chardonnay is crafted in a way that reflects the family's effort and care. The wine is hand-stirred on the lees and crafted from fruit grown on the elevated and terraced Hahn estate vineyards, and the result is a wine that is perfectly balanced in fruit, body and acidity. Aromas of cream, golden delicious apple, ripe mango and kumquat entice, and a rich, full bodied and fruit-driven palate with hints of candied lemon peel leave a delightful impression.

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.

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.
Specific Appellation:

Santa Lucia Highlands

Alcohol Content (%): 14.1