Hahn just released its 2015 its Santa Lucia Highlands (SLH) Chardonnay and its SLH Pinot Noir. I’ve been particularly interested in these wines because I walked Hahn’s SLH vineyards in late August of 2015 while the grapes were being picked. A group of us were lucky enough to be there during the crush (the earliest on record.) I recall wine maker, Paul Clifton, telling us that the harvest would be much smaller than usual–BUT he noted that the grapes that were produced showed very concentrated flavor. Time would tell the full story–AND NOW WE KNOW. Paul was right, the harvest may have been skimpy but it produced fruit with wonderful depth and character.
2015 Hahn SLH Chardonnay was barrel fermented in small barrels–on its lees–to enhance the already intense varietal flavors. The result is a rich, full-bodied Chardonnay with nicely balanced acidity. $25
2015 Hahn SLH Pinot Noir is a work of art and a testament to Hahn’s wine making team, and Director of Wine Making, Paul Clifton. Once again, the sparse harvest yielded big time in flavor. Plenty of time in small French oak added another dimension to this remarkable vintage. $30