Hilliard Bruce bottle

Hilliard Bruce

Pinot Noir, 2013

Husband and wife John Hilliard and Christine Bruce have two aces in the hole for making incredible Santa Barbara Pinot Noir: Their sustainable farming practices produce the best possible soil health, and their winemaker is Greg Brewer. He’s earned dozens of 90-plus scores over the years, including the No. 8 spot on Wine Spectator’s Top 100 of 2014 for his Brewer-Clifton Pinot Noir. This Hilliard Bruce Pinot earned a rating of 92 from Robert Parker, the world’s most esteemed wine critic.

Profile

Hilliard Bruce Pinot Noir is ripe and flashy—classic California Pinot Noir. It has big fruit flavors with hints of spices, imparted by 18 months of French-oak aging.

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TANNIN
SWEETNESS
BODY
ACIDITY
APPEARANCE
Dark ruby with brick edges
APPEARANCE
Dark ruby with brick edges
FLAVORS & AROMAS
Mixed berries
Strawberry jam
Nutmeg
Fennel

Pairing

Classic in style, these reds are equal parts power and finesse. Richer Pinots and Merlot-based Bordeaux reds, with their mix of red- and black-fruit flavors, can hold their own with just about any meat. The most delightful pairing to remember: Pork always loves this kind of Pinot Noir.

TASTING TIP

Note how this wine coats your palate. Some call this weight, but the more common term is body. Higher alcohol plus bigger tannins equal fuller body.

Since this dish has a modern, smoky-spicy twist, pour a fuller, fruitier red to complement the flavors at play.

Salmon is best with a plush, fruity red that cuts the dish's richness and complements its flavors without overpowering them.

Uncork a plush, fruity red that can stand up to the dish's Korean-style sweet-spicy-ginger flavor combo.

A plush, fruity red is always great with roasted chicken, and especially with this hearty, fall-season, roasted presentation.

A plush, fruity red will match the dish's weight, and also complement the sweet-tangy flavors at play.

A plush, fruity red is always great with pork—especially when the dish is accented with sweet, spicy flavors.

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More About The Wine

Hilliard Bruce Vineyard is located on the western boundary of the Sta. Rita Hills, near the Santa Ynez Mountains, in California’s Central Coast. Here, the winters are mild, the summers are chilly, and the Pacific Ocean’s cooling influence allows for a longer growing season during which the grapes develop fuller, more complex flavors.

DID YOU KNOW?

Not all oak barrels are alike. French oak tends to impart subtle spicy notes to wines, while American oak lends wines a distinct vanilla character.

  • VARIETY
    Pinot Noir
  • VINTAGE
    2013
  • VINEYARD
    Hilliard Bruce Vineyard
  • APPELLATION REGION, STATE
    Santa Rita Hills, California
  • OAK
    100% French oak, 18 months
  • SOIL
    Sand and silt
  • ALCOHOL
    14.4%
  • FARMING
    Certified Sustainable

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