2014 The Hilt Old Guard Chardonnay

- 750 ml
96
RP
Availability: Out of Stock
$54.95
Availability: Out of stock
Product ID
79929-750-AI

Wine Critic Reviews:

Aged mostly in neutral oak, the 2014 Chardonnay Old Guard saw 35% in stainless steel after winemaker Matt Dees started noticing more exotic aromatics from his stainless-steel ferments. Focusing on the old vines from Sanford & Benedict, Solomon Hills and Bien Nacido, it's more classic in style than the Vanguard and offers lots of apple blossom, melon, white flower and a touch of mint in a medium to full-bodied, rich, balanced profile. Showing more salinity and minerality on the finish, this is a prodigious Chardonnay that will benefit from short-term cellaring and evolve for a decade or more.

Robert Parker Wine Advocate | 96 RP
The 2014 Chardonnay Old Guard comes across as intensely mineral, with almost Riesling-like profile of liquefied rocks, petrol, citrus and exotic flowers. Finely cut and chiseled to the core, the 2014 is shaping up to be another jewel of a wine from The Hilt. Vineyard sources are Sanford & Benedict, Solomon Hills and Radian. The 2014 is aging 65% in neutral oak and 35% in steel. As is the custom with this bottling, only a small amount of the juice (15%) completed malolactic fermentation.

Vinous Media | 94 VM

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Availability Out of Stock
Vintage 2014
Format 750 ml
Color White
Country US: As one of the most prolific and innovative wine regions in the world, America is a joy to explore. Most wine connoisseurs will agree that the nation's finest and most compelling wines are being produced today, which means that we have front-row seats to one of the most inspirational stories in wine history. While other regions tend to focus on specific wine styles and have somewhat strict rules as to which varietals you could grow, areas like California have few such restrictions in place. As a result, creative visionaries behind America's most reputable estates have been able to develop compelling, unique, and innovative styles, with a level of terroir expression that rivals even France's largest giants.
Producer The Hilt
Rating 96 RP
Region California: With a history of wine production that dates back to the 18th century, California currently sits as one of the world's most prolific and reputable wine regions. With an area as vast as California, you can expect a colorful collage of terroir profiles, a series of microclimates, and micro-environments that give the wine a unique, memorable appeal. The region's produce is far from homogenized in that sense, and it would take you countless hours to sample all of it. While the region boasts scars from the Prohibition era, it went through what can only be described as a viticultural Renaissance sometime after the 1960s. At that point, California went from a port-style, sweet wine region to a versatile and compelling competitor on the world market. Today, no matter which way your taste in wine leans, you can find a new favorite producer among California's most talented. Notable sub-regions include legendary names like Napa Valley and Sonoma County, places that any wine lover would die to visit. California's quintessential warm climate allows for incredibly ripe fruit expressions, a style that provides a stark contrast to Old World-inspired, earthy classics. Even where inspiration was clearly taken from staple French appellations, Californian winemakers put their own unique spin on the wine.
Type of Wine California White: If you're in the mood for a creative, compelling white wine, few regions can compete with California, and it's immense varietal diversity. With the pure, potent essence of grapes such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, and Pinot Gris, these wines will stimulate your senses and arouse your intellect. Give in, and enjoy.
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Varietal Chardonnay: Isn't just the most popular white wine in the world - it's angelic. Anyone with a developed taste for fine wine would struggle to maintain composure after tasting some of the stronger vintages of this masterpiece. Aside from France and the United States, you can expect to encounter bottles from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Argentina, Italy, Chile, and quite a few others. Every region that produces quality Chardonnay tends to add their own spin to it by including a lot of delicious fruits and changing up their techniques
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