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The Hilt The Vanguard Pinot Noir 2011 Wine Review

The Hilt The Vanguard Pinot Noir 2011

The Hilt The Vanguard Pinot Noir 2011

Santa Rita Hills, California, United States

Community Score:92/100

Community Reviews: 4

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Price: $63.95

Drink: 2013-2019

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 14.1%

Sweetness: Extra Dry

Wine Type: Red Wine

Winery: The Hilt

Agent: Woodman Wines & Spirits

Natalie's Score: 93/100

Rich cherry-berry intensity on the nose and palate of this along full-bodied Californian Pinot Noir. Supple like liquid silk.

Pinot Noir food pairings: veal stew with sautéed vegetables, roast quail wrapped in prosciutto, beef bourguignon, grilled tuna with a pepper crust, pork tenderloin.

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This The Hilt The Vanguard Pinot Noir 2011 was reviewed on March 21, 2015 by Natalie MacLean

More Vintages: 2012 

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Allison & Chris Wallace rated this wine as 92/100 with the following review:

Fruit for this cuvee was sourced from three of the finest vineyards in Santa Barbara County: Solomon Hills, Sanford and Benedict and Bien Nacido. Dark red with little fade at the rim. Very fragrant nose that gives up black cherries, raspberries and brown spices. After some swirling hints of vanilla and cream soda poke through. Definitely a bigger wine, with full body, it retains balance and does not fall into that “Syrah lovers Pinot” style that some from the Central Coast can. Power and elegance combined in the right proportions. The finish is long and spicy with just a bit of tannin. Can drink now or hold for another 5+ years.
Jane Staples - Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

THE HILT Pinot Noir has a fresh nose with red plums, cherries, earth and vanilla. The delicious palate shows tart cherries, cedar, earth and forest floor and vanilla. Pleasantly well-balanced acidity and smooth mouthfeel with a great cherry finish.
The 2011 vintage of the Pinot Noir Vanguard is made from grapes grown mostly in the Sanford & Benedict vineyard with a splash of Bien Nacido. The winemaker is Matt Dees. The wine was aged in 45% new oak barrels. - Community Wine Reviews

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