The 2018 Hilt Bentrock Santa Rita Hills Chardonnay is a magnificent white wine that exemplifies the best qualities of California's Central Coast region. With its elegant and refined character, this Chardonnay is a true gem that will captivate both novice and experienced wine enthusiasts alike.
In the glass, this wine exhibits a beautiful golden hue, hinting at its depth and complexity. The aromas are an enticing medley of spiced orchard fruits, dried pineapple, and toasted bread. The nose is further enhanced by delightful spicy nuances that add a captivating layer of intrigue.
On the palate, the 2018 Hilt Bentrock Chardonnay showcases its impeccable balance and concentration. The flavors are rich and luscious, with notes of ripe orchard fruits dancing on the tongue. The acidity is vibrant and refreshing, providing a lively backbone to the wine. As the wine lingers, a great finish leaves a lasting impression and invites you to savor each sip.
This Chardonnay has earned high praise from esteemed wine critics. Jeb Dunnuck awarded it an impressive score of 95 points, noting its slightly more generous and rounded nature. He also predicts that it will continue to impress over the coming decade. Vinous also awarded it a score of 95 points, highlighting its power and balance. Antonio Galloni describes it as a Chardonnay of real gravitas and power, capturing all the magic of the Sta. Rita Hills.
With an alcohol percentage of 13.0, this white wine is well-balanced and showcases the true potential of the Chardonnay varietal. It is best enjoyed slightly chilled and pairs beautifully with a wide range of dishes, from roasted chicken to seafood delicacies.
The 2018 Hilt Bentrock Santa Rita Hills Chardonnay is a remarkable expression of the Central Coast's terroir and the craftsmanship of Hilt winery. This wine is a testament to the dedication and passion that goes into every bottle, making it a must-try for any wine connoisseur seeking an exceptional white wine experience.