The Hilt Vanguard Chardonnay 2017
The Hilt is defined by its three maritime-influenced vineyards in the southwest corner of the Sta. Rita Hills appellation: Radian, Bentrock and Puerta del Mar. The Old Guard and The Vanguard wines are style-driven expressions. The Vanguard is richly textured, opulent, and velvety, while The Old Guard is all about structure. The Old Guard wines are complex, energetic, taut, and firmly structured. ≠ach “Guard” is a blended barrel selection of pinot noir or chardonnay in a well-defined style.
The Hilt Vanguard Chardonnay 2017 opens with lush sensuality, and the finish is mouthwatering, focused, and palate-cleansing. It is fermented in new French oak. The wine has a rich, opulent mouthfeel and ample mid-alate fruit. The Vanguard sees around 30 percent malolactic fermentation, leaving the wine with its natural, nervy acidity.
Still holding its cards close. Just getting started in its graceful evolution. Stony. White peach, rose petals, and green mango with subtle hints of oak. Peach and custard brioche. Silky texture with classic Vanguard lime zest character. Gains richness and complexity as it begins to stretch its wings with time and air. Full of tension and defined by its reserve but wrapped in a luxurious package of velvet fruit. A classic Vanguard that will benefit from a few years in the cellar.