Stan Kroenke, owner of Screaming Eagle (etal) loves Santa Ynez and The Santa Rita Hills where he created Jonata and The Hilt. Initially Andy Erickson who was the long time winemaker at Screaming Eagle was in charge, eventually turning over the reins to Matt Dees. Today Matt totally transformed both wineries and it shows in the final products, and the great press they’ve received. The 2019 wines from this winery are off the charts!!
The Hilt 2019 Pinot Noir “Radian” Santa Rita Hills
Jeb Dunnuck 97 Points: “In the same realm, the 2019 Pinot Noir Radian Vineyard offers more red and blue fruits (black raspberries, cherries, blueberries) as well as ample minerality and graphite. It too is medium-bodied, utterly seamless, flawlessly balanced, and concentrated. As with all of these 2019s from Dees, it has slightly more texture and suppleness than past vintages and is going to drink nicely for a decade.”
Vinous 96 Points: “The 2019 Pinot Noir Radian is stunning. Dark and explosive in the glass, the 2019 possesses tremendous depth from start to finish. Blue fruit, lavender, spice and menthol build in a Pinot of remarkable gravitas and personality. I suppose it is hardly a surprise, but The Hilt’s Radian Pinot is the perfect embodiment of what this site has to offer, namely power, volume and an intensely dark fruit profile. Superb. Drink: 2024-2034.”
James Suckling 96 Points: “This is very distinctive, with sliced oranges and spices, turning to forest-floor fruit and mushrooms. Some rose hips, rose stems and hibiscus, too. Medium to full body. Candied oranges and sweet berries. Flavorful finish with blue fruit. Drink or hold.”
Also check out:
The Hilt 2019 Chardonnay “Bentrock” 95 Points
Jonata 2018 El Alma Cabernet Franc Ballard Canyon 96 Points
Jonata 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon El Desafio Ballard Canyon – 97 Points
Jonata 2018 Syrah La Sangre Ballard Canyon 98 Points
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