We’ve been writing about the wines of SoCal’s Hahn for years, often with lackluster commentary. 2017 changes all that, proving that you can just never tell what might happen from vintage to vintage.
2017 Hahn SLH Chardonnay Santa Lucia Highlands – This initially understated chardonnay offers a delightfully creamy texture, with notes of guava, melon, and a surprising amount of spice that gives the finish a cinnamon kick that pairs well with the vanilla notes driven by the barrel. Well-rounded and chewy, it pairs well with a wide range of foods (and drinks better thusly than by itself). A- / $19
2017 Hahn SLH Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands – Rich, succulent. Notes of slate and graphite meld well with a surprisingly black fruit-driven body, touched just so with strawberry notes and balanced out with a grind of black pepper. A beautiful little wine, it’s a denser expression of pinot than we typically see, with a mildly earthy, truffle-laced finish. Surprisingly beautiful. Great value. A / $20