Hitching Post

Cost: $34.95 (Clearance Price $28.00)
Grape Variety: Pinot Noir
Category: Red Wine
Location Bought: LCBO Vintage
Country: United States
Region: Santa Barbara County
Format: 750 mL
Producer: Hartley Ostini
Alcohol: 14.2% Alcohol/Vol.
Description: Medium minus ruby in colour with a medium+ nose.

A solid Pinot, but a touch more expensive than it should be. The clearance price is more appropriate.

Positives: A flavorful Pinot exhibiting wood smoke and purple lilacs on the nose, and on the taste pine, cherry pie, sour cherry, cranberry, strawberry and dried rosemary. Medium minus body with medium to medium+ tannins, good acidity and a very long length.

Negatives: A touch hot from the 14.2% alcohol, and a touch overtly tart.

Interesting Notes: The movie Sideways brought The Hitching Post into mainstream.

Drink now on or over the next 3 years on its own or pair it with quail.

Tasted: 26 May 13

Score: 8.5+/10, Value: 8.5/10 Total: 18/20

Out of 5 stars, I rated this wine: 3.5+

LCBO: 179812