2020 Hilt Estate Chardonnay Santa Rita Hills Estate

Chardonnay - 750ML
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WE 96 JS 94 JD 92 VN 92
WE 96

Wine Enthusiast,

This is a layered yet expertly restrained and mineral-driven Chardonnay. Aromas of white flower petals, grapefruit pith and the slightest hint of toast are wrapped in ashy and chalky elements on the nose. The palate is...
JS 94

jamessuckling.com, March 2023

Aromas of pie crust dough, lightly cooked apple and white peach. Dried flower. Flinty. Mineral. Medium-bodied with creamy texture and citrusy at the end. Drink now.
JD 92

jebdunnuck.com, August 2022

The 2020 Chardonnay Estate is terrific and has classic Sta. Rita Hills character. Salted citrus, melon, white flowers, and a kiss of peach all emerge on the nose, and it’s medium-bodied, with a supple, elegant mouthfeel...
VN 92

Vinous, August 2022

The 2020 Chardonnay Estate is bright, tense and sizzling with energy. Lemon peel, mint, white pepper and a gentle touch of new oak inform this gorgeous Chardonnay from The Hilt. There is plenty of tension, but more depth...


Color & Type White
Varietal Chardonnay
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region Central Coast
Appellation Santa Barbara
Sub-appellation Santa Rita Hills
Vintage 2020
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 13%
Closure Cork

The 2020 Hilt Estate Chardonnay Santa Rita Hills Estate is a magnificent white wine that embodies the essence of the Sta. Rita Hills region in California. This Chardonnay showcases the impeccable craftsmanship of Hilt, a renowned producer in the Central Coast. With its elegant and refined character, this wine is a true testament to the artistry of winemaking.

In the glass, the wine exhibits a captivating pale golden color that entices the senses. The aromas that waft from the glass are a symphony of salted citrus, melon, white flowers, and a delicate hint of peach. These enticing scents create a mesmerizing bouquet that invites you to delve deeper into the wine's complexities.

As you take your first sip, you will be greeted with a medium-bodied palate that offers a supple and velvety mouthfeel. The balance of flavors is exceptional, with the vibrant acidity harmonizing seamlessly with the luscious fruit notes. Lemon peel, mint, and white pepper dance on the palate, adding a layer of depth and complexity to the wine.

The 2020 Hilt Estate Chardonnay Santa Rita Hills Estate is a wine that will captivate your palate and leave a lasting impression. It has received high praise from esteemed wine critics, further solidifying its status as a must-try wine. Jeb Dunnuck awarded this wine an impressive score of 92, noting its outstanding balance and elegant finish. Vinous also gave it a score of 92, highlighting its bright and energetic profile. James Suckling was particularly impressed, awarding it a remarkable score of 94 and praising its creamy texture.

This Chardonnay is an ideal companion for a variety of dishes. Its versatility allows it to pair well with seafood, poultry, or creamy pasta dishes. Whether enjoyed on its own or paired with a delightful meal, the 2020 Hilt Estate Chardonnay Santa Rita Hills Estate is a wine that will leave a lasting impression on any wine enthusiast.