The humidity of the summer is settling thick around the city and if you’re looking for a little reprieve from the heat, have a chilled glass of wine to cool you down. Since 1980, the Hahn family has cultivated their hillside vineyards in Monterey County. Today, Hahn wines represent the family’s commitment to craft rich, supple wines which over deliver on quality yet are perfect for everyday enjoyment. Here are two you don’t want to miss this summer!
WINEMAKING NOTES: Grapes for this wine are estate grown in the Arroyo Seco appellation of Monterey County. A hidden gem, located below the Santa Lucia Highlands, these vineyards sit on a gravelly alluvial plain with rocky soils fostering excellent drainage. Cool winds channeling South from Monterey Bay through the Salinas Valley ensure gradual ripening, full development of vibrant fruit flavors and bright acidity.
Pinot Noir grapes are hand-picked and gently whole cluster pressed. This wine is slowly fermented at cold temperatures to preserve beautiful fruit aromatics and restrict malolactic fermentation from progressing. Racked after primary fermentation, the wine is aged in stainless steel prior to bottling.
TASTING NOTES: Pale salmon in color with soft aromas of raspberry, strawberry, watermelon, and grapefruit. The palate brings vibrant acidity to luscious fruit flavors and undertones of minerality.
FOOD PAIRINGS: Pan seared salmon or strawberry and arugula salad with creamy goat cheese .
2019 PINOT GRIS MONTEREY COUNTY
WINEMAKING NOTES: This Pinot Gris hails from vineyards in Monterey County, where cool breezes from the Pacific Ocean slow down ripening and extend hang times. These conditions produce vibrant flavor and highlight the varietal’s brisk acidity. Once harvested, the grapes for this wine were fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. The cool fermentation preserved the variety’s delicate floral and stone fruit aromas, resulting in a bright, refreshing finish.
TASTING NOTES: Aromas of pears and sliced apples are accompanied by hints of lime and grapefruit blossom. The palate is bright, with flavors of pear, apple and lime, finishing with round acidity.
FOOD PAIRINGS: Grilled prawns and seared sea bass.