In response to numerous requests, Biba Restaurant will continue to offer the Hahn SLH Pinot Noir as the Wine of the Month for July 2015. Read on.
It all started as the Smith & Hook Winery in Monterey County. In 1980 Nicky Hahn produced the first vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon under the Smith & Hook label. Over the years, with acquisition of estate vineyards in the Santa Lucia Highlands, the Hahn Family Wines has evolved, with wines produced under several labels, Smith & Hook, Hahn, Hahn SLH, and Lucienne. Smith & Hook is primarily devoted to production of Cabernet Sauvignon from the Central Coast and Paso Robles. Hahn production is white and red wines primarily from Monterey County whereas under the Hahn SLH label, the grapes are sourced from the estate vineyards (Lone Oak, Smith, Doctor's, and Hook) located in the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA. Under the Lucienne label, single vineyard Pinot Noir is produced. Son Philip Hahn is now in charge of Hahn Family Wines with Paul Clifton as winemaker. Evolution of a family winery.
The 2013 Hahn SLH Pinot Noir benefitted from near perfect growing conditions. Dry, sunny weather without significant heat spikes allowed the grapes to ripen gradually and develop flavors of unrivaled depth and intensity. With aromas of dark cherry and strawberry, the wine is fruit forward but not a "fruit bomb", with wonderful mouthfeel, soft delicate tannins, and a long, lingering finish with a deft touch of acidity on the finish. Definitely a food friendly wine. As is our usual custom, we tasted the wine with leg of lamb and it was perfect.
For the entire month of June 2015 we are offering the 2013 Hahn SLH Pinot Noir at the reduced price of $40 per 750 ml bottle or $10 per glass. I think you will fall in love with this wine.
The Hahn Estate tasting room, located at 37700 Foothill Road, Soledad, CA 93960, is open daily from 11:00 am until 5:00 pm. Closed only Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, and Easter Sunday.