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The Hilt 2016 "Old Guard" Pinot Noir, Sta Rita Hills

 New Pinot Noir from the owners of Napa's Screaming Eagle and Jonata! Limited.

Winemaker Matt Dees also makes the great Pinots at Jonata and Mail Road.

96 Points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): " Expressive floral, savory and mineral notes give the 2016 Pinot Noir Old Guard much of its super-distinctive personality. Hints of crushed rocks, graphite, blueberry and lavender develop in the glass. Above all else, though, the 2016 is a wine of structural intensity and persistence. I loved it."

96 Points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 2016 Pinot Noir Old Guard offers more Bing cherry and even hints of blue fruits, and is concentrated, rich, and incredible pure. Smoked earth, leafy herbs, violets, and underbrush all emerge from this rockingly complex, concentrated, yet ethereal beauty. It has ample structure, yet it's so beautifully interwoven into the wine that you hardly notice. It needs 3-4 years of bottle age and will cruise for 10-15 years or more."

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