92 Points - Vinous  

REVIEWS

(42% new French oak) Light, bright ruby. Intense red and dark berry, vanilla and peppery spice aromas show excellent focus and are complicated by suggestions of cola and mocha. Appealingly sweet, concentrated and energetic on the palate, offering concentrated black raspberry and cherry-cola flavors that deepen and spread out slowly with aeration. In a rich yet lively style, with smooth tannins adding gentle grip to a very long smoke- and spice-accented finish.
--Vinous

WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    Pinot Noir
  • APPELLATION
    Santa Lucia Highlands - Smith Vineyard
  • ALCOHOL
    14.50%
  • SIZE
    750ml
  • FRUIT

  • BODY

  • OAK

  • ACIDITY

Its well-draining soils are formed primarily from alluvial materials.  A few exotic Pinot Noir clones (such as Jardini, Calera and Mt. Eden) have been spectacularly successful in this vineyard, lending additional nuance and complexity to this wine. 

Curving along the ridges and valleys of the Santa Lucia Highlands, the Smith Vineyard is Hahn’s highest elevation vineyard, reaching 590 to 1,280 feet above sea level. Originally planted in 1974, Smith is also Hahn’s first estate vineyard, and today its 131 acres are certified sustainable. With rocky well-drained soils and eastern exposures that sit well above the fog line, this is a cool climate site with moderate wind and ample sunshine contributing to a long growing season.

TASTING NOTES 

This wine artfully combines fragrant strawberry and blackberry aromas with earthy, cocoa dust undertones. Flavors of harmonious red and black fruits including tart plums are underpinned by spice. A high note of acidity balances the wine’s silky mouthfeel and shapes its harmonious and persistent finish. Soft yet structured, the wine is bright and fresh with medium acidity.

THE STORY TO KNOW

From the Winery: Our founder Nicky Hahn’s middle name is ‘Lucien’, and the mountain range on which our vineyards have been planted owes its moniker to Santa Lucia, a saint who wore a crown of candles on her head. That crown is depicted on our Lucienne label.

We produce three limited-production, vineyard-designated Lucienne Pinot Noirs from our estate in the Santa Lucia Highlands of Monterey County. In part, these wines owe their seductive nature to clonal selection. We have an array of Pinot Noir clones, or slight genetic variations, planted in our vineyards. Each clone contributes a desired color, aroma, flavor, texture or structural element to the finished wine.