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Hartley-Ostini Hitching Post 2010 Hometown Pinot Noir

Hartley-Ostini Hitching Post 2010 Hometown Pinot Noir

Price: $28

Rating: 14.5/20

Region: Santa Barbara County, California

Varietal: 100 percent Pinot Noir

Alcohol: 14.2 percent

Tasting Notes: “Sideways” the movie was a big boon to Santa Barbara wine country, and perhaps no one benefited from its success more than Gray Hartley and Frank Ostini of The Hitching Post II restaurant and winery. Despite total production having grown to 15,000 cases per year, Hitching Post wines are still not easy to find. The winery’s youngest Pinot Noir offering, the 2010 Hometown is sourced from vineyards in Los Alamos, Santa Maria and the Sta. Rita Hills. It is a fresh and fruity wine featuring dark cherry flavors with a hint of spice. 

Food Pairings: Grilled artichokes, flat iron steak, smoked salmon

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