2016 The Hilt The Vanguard Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills

The Hilt The Vanguard Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills


About this Wine

Country United States
Region California
Appellation Santa Rita Hills
Winery The Hilt
Vintage 2016
Color Red
Grapes Pinot Noir
Closure Natural Cork
Volume 750ml
Bottle Size 750ml
Alcohol 14.5%
Product Code HLV4P16
Inventory In Stock



Bentrock, Radian, Sanford & Benedict.
Vine age between 8-44 years


- Wild, Tense an Energetic Blocks high up on the ridgelines, where soils are composed primarily of diatomaceous earth and the whipping winds give us grapes, and ultimately wines, that are complex, energetic, taut, and firmly structured. These are the blocks used to craft The Old Guard.


- Sultry, Opulent and Fruit Driven Blocks on the long rolling hills, slightly more protected from the wind give us an opulent and richly-textured style of wine. Wine made from grapes grown on these sites take a larger portion of new French oak, and in the end, are more supple and soft. These are the blocks used to craft The Vanguard.


- Flirtatious 
The remaining blocks of vines on the vineyard are situated on slopes that dip gently into the center of the property, creating a natural basin of vineyard blocks. These blocks give us wines that are less extreme than the blocks used to make The Old Guard or The Vanguard, and thus they are blended together to make Estate, a wine that represents the soul of the property.


35% new French oak, 65% neutral French oak

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