The “bang for your buck” of the Hitching Post Pinots, this vintage of Hometown offers up deeper, darker fruit and a complex mouthfeel that makes it ideal for food. Intense purple hues in the glass with aromas of raspberry and blackberry, black tea, this Pinot is what you open up while prepping dinner and need a wine to taste test your food with. Tartness on the palate and some shyness of flavor begins to mellow out as it opens up. Acidity really pops on the palate and gives a more demanding mouthfeel. This is a food wine where you get some fattier, richer elements to pair with the intensity.
Producer Information: Hitching Post
Hitching Post is run by Frank Ostini (whose family ran the original Hitching Post from 1952) and Gray Hartley, a former commercial fisherman. Back when they started in 1979, they had but one barrel produced in their garage. Later on they made the wines at the Au Bon Climat/Qupe winery, and now the wines are produced in Buellton just around the corner from the Hitching Post restaurant (yes, the one in 'Sideways'). At the heart of Hitching Post is a focus on Pinot Noir from vineyards in Santa Barbara County, specifically Santa Maria Valley, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Rita Hills and Los Alomos