The Hilt

The Old Guard Pinot Noir

9.243 ratings
9.39 pro ratings
Sta. Rita Hills, Central Coast, California, USA
Pinot Noir
Turkey, Game, Exotic Spices, Soft Cheese, Duck, Goose, Salads & Greens, Potato, Quinoa, Farro, Brown Rice, White Rice, Pasta, Herbs, Nuts & Seeds, Mushrooms, Chicken, Meaty & Oily Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Stew, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Salami & Prosciutto, Salmon, Quinoa, Shellfish
Top Notes For
Al Shikoh

very lifted aromatics, prominent herbal and floral notes; 13.5% ABV; 2014 vintage is all sourced from Sanford & Benedict, 35% whole cluster inclusion, 82% Mt. Eden clone, 18% Gamay clone, aged in mostly neutral (only 10% new) French oak

very lifted aromatics, prominent herbal and floral notes; 13.5% ABV; 2014 vintage is all sourced from Sanford & Benedict, 35% whole cluster inclusion, 82% Mt. Eden clone, 18% Gamay clone, aged in mostly neutral (only 10% new) French oak

Apr 28th, 2019
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9.6

Expressive floral, savory and mineral notes give the 2016 Pinot Noir Old Guard much of its super-distinctive personality. Hints of crushed rocks, graphite, blueberry and lavender develop in the glass. Above all else, though, the 2016 is a wine of structural intensity and persistence. I loved it. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, September 2018)

Expressive floral, savory and mineral notes give the 2016 Pinot Noir Old Guard much of its super-distinctive personality. Hints of crushed rocks, graphite, blueberry and lavender develop in the glass. Above all else, though, the 2016 is a wine of structural intensity and persistence. I loved it. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, September 2018)

Nov 29th, 2018
David Eckert

strawberries, white pepper, leather, burnt match tightly wound and a bit closed. Needs time. Decant this.

strawberries, white pepper, leather, burnt match tightly wound and a bit closed. Needs time. Decant this.

1 person found it helpfulSep 17th, 2014
Zach Cherry

Account Manager Worldwide Wine & Spirits

9.2

Much more masculine than I'd expect. Hard, tight notes of leather, wild berries (strawberry and raspberry), a bit sulfuric on the initial open, but stretches out nicely over a quarter hour. Tasty Pinot with some kick.

Much more masculine than I'd expect. Hard, tight notes of leather, wild berries (strawberry and raspberry), a bit sulfuric on the initial open, but stretches out nicely over a quarter hour. Tasty Pinot with some kick.

Aug 29th, 2016
Michael Szarowicz

Rich plum. Cherry. Well balanced.

Rich plum. Cherry. Well balanced.

Nov 1st, 2019
ZYM
9.2

Cherry raspberry vanilla and subtle earthiness. Great terrior.

Cherry raspberry vanilla and subtle earthiness. Great terrior.

Oct 6th, 2019
Bryan Kesting

Fresh and silky Pinot with a great nose.

Fresh and silky Pinot with a great nose.

May 27th, 2019
Perry Sutton

Extremely floral, smooth, fruity. Not bitter in the slightest. Incredible!

Extremely floral, smooth, fruity. Not bitter in the slightest. Incredible!

Feb 16th, 2019
Frank Robles

Enjoyed this on 2017 New Year's Eve.

Enjoyed this on 2017 New Year's Eve.

Jan 2nd, 2018
LM Segal

Clean and crisp with a cool strawberry nose. Needed some air but just the perfect razor’s edge balance to crisp acidity and tannins with bold strawberry and dark cherry fruit. No hurry here, will improve.

Clean and crisp with a cool strawberry nose. Needed some air but just the perfect razor’s edge balance to crisp acidity and tannins with bold strawberry and dark cherry fruit. No hurry here, will improve.

Dec 28th, 2017