A pair of bottlings from the Hahn family of wines, both 2019 chardonnays from the Santa Lucia Highlands region. Here we go.
2019 Hahn SLH Chardonnay Santa Lucia Highlands – Bold notes of almond and apricot kick this wine off, giving the wine a tone that’s reminiscent of amaretto, its nutty elements muscling over the light lemon and apple elements that are well-buried underneath — even pistachio as it warms up a bit. Oddly enough, the unusual character works, though it strays far from the classic vanilla-and-oak profile as it delves into creamier, nuttier territory. Solid value. A- / $20
2019 Lucienne Chardonnay Lone Oak Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands – A step up from the SLH, the Lucienne bottling is bright and lemony, layered with notes of apple crumble, vanilla custard, and a gentle layer of bitter influence from the grape skins. This complements the wine perfectly, adding a counterpoint to the wine’s vibrant but creamy sweetness, slowly fading on the finish to showcase notes of coconut and lemon curd. A / $40