It was our founder Nicky Hahn who suggested that the Santa Lucia Highlands be deemed a unique winegrowing district. In 1991, three years after he and fellow vintners made their appeal, the federal government approved the Highlands as an official American Viticultural Area (AVA).
Today, we produce our Hahn SLH Pinot Noir and Chardonnay entirely from our estate, in this breathtakingly beautiful region of Monterey County. The fruit grows in our family-owned vineyards and the wine is barrel-aged in the winery’s cellar.
When it’s time to blend the wine and get it in the bottle, our winemaker Paul Clifton chooses the barrels that he feels epitomize the aromas, flavors and structure of Pinot Noir from the Santa Lucia Highland. We deem only a very limited number of barrels worthy to carry the SLH label.
Pinot Noir fruit reflects its soil and growing conditions more than any other black grape. When the stars align—as they do in the Santa Lucia Highlands—the result is near perfection. One allurement follows quickly upon another. Pinot Noirs from the region offer soft tannins, delicious plum and cherry aromas and flavors, and an underpinning of the earth itself. Without a doubt, its defining feature is its irresistibly silky, velvety texture.Read more
A cross between an obscure grape and a member of the famous Pinot family, the Chardonnay grape reveals its Pinot origins by being ever-so-sensitive to all influences: soil, climate and winemaking methods. When grown in the Santa Lucia Highlands, where impeccable sugar and acid balances are attained vintage after vintage, Chardonnay is both impossibly delicate and full bodied at the same time.Read more