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The Hilt "Vanguard" Pinot Noir '14


The Hilt "Vanguard" Pinot Noir '14

The Sta. Rita Hills is no easy feat for a grape grower.  Sandwiched in between mountains and the Pacific coast, the area is highly windswept and full of high diurnal swings in temperature.  This creates, however, a playground for winemakers to showcase a terroir full of character and vitality throughout its hardships.  The Hilt's vineyards are in Rancho Salsipuedes, a north-facing site that is close in proximity to the ocean, just 13 miles away.  The Hilt Estate is made up of three distinct vineyards: Bentrock, Radian, and Puerto del Mar. The long, rolling ridgelines of Bentrock, situated at 500 feet in elevation serve as the core of the Vanguard bottling.  Clay, sediment, and shale make up the majority of Bentrock vineyard along with outcrops of diatomaceous earth (fossilized ocean skeletons aka plankton) that is prized for its high silica content and porosity, creating poor soils that encourage the grapes to root down deep, extracting low-yields and slow ripening; perfect for Pinot Noir.  The Hilt's story is truly about land and place, with a small team led by winemaker Matt Dees to help capture this all.  

The Vanguard Pinot Noir is opulent, rich and sultry due to its higher percentage of newer French Oak that it sees.  The wine is highly fruit driven, but in soft tones that is refined and elegant.  Your palate will encounter sweet red fruit, fresh blackberry and soft black tea components and herbal freshness.  This wine is suave and full of vivacity.  




Producer The Hilt
Vintage 2014
Format 750m
Grape Variety Pinot Noir


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In-Store Pickup

To pick up your order, visit us at our Near North location. Due to our limited storage space, orders can only be held in the store for up to 30 days after purchase. If items are not picked up after 30 days, a $10 monthly item storage fee will be charged. Any orders of 2 cases or more will be charged per case. 

Near North

Mon–Fri Noon–8 / Sat 11–7
Closed on Sunday

1167 N Howe Street
Chicago, IL 60610

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