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Hitching Post Wines

Hitching Post Wines Hartley-Ostini Hitching Post wines are made by Buellton Hitching Post owner/chef Frank Ostini and his good friend, former fisherman Gray Hartley. Frank and Gray first made wine at home in 1979. They found their first Pinot Noir in 1981. The project moved to a winery in 1984 to make the first wines under the Hitching Post label. From 1991 to 2000, Frank and Gray have made their wines at the Au Bon Climat/Qupe Winery on the Bien Nacido Vineyard in the Santa Maria Valley. In 2001, Hitching Post Wines moved to Central Coast Wine Services in Santa Maria. Yearly production has grown to 4700 cases. Their passioned focus has been to work with the California Central Coast's best vineyards produce many Pinot Noirs, a couple Syrahs and a Cabernet Franc blend. With a cool marine-influence climate and unusually long growing season, many of these grapes make wines that drink well when young and had have shown the ability to improve and age gracefully for many years.

Directions
Take Highway 101 to the Lompoc/Solvang exit. Travel east towards Solvang for 1 1/2 miles. We're on the right side of Highway 246.


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Address Web Social
406 East Hwy 246, Buellton, CA, US, 93427 Email: info@hitchingpostwines.com
Phone: 805-688-0676 Web: www.hitchingpost2.com
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  GENERATION RED, Central Coast
(Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah)
  Hitching Post Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard
[A]n attractive , ripe, well-made medium to full-bodied offering displaying Pinot's more animal/muscular side. Give it another 12 months of bottle age, and drink it over the following 5-7 years. - 88 points Robert M. Parker Jr.'s THE WINE ADVOCATE
  Hitching Post Pinot Noir Cargasacchi Vineyard
Sweet cherries and currants along with more animal/meaty notes, austere tannin and structure are present. With some spicy, herbal undertones, it will benefit from another year of bottle age, and drink well for 4-5 years. - 87 points Robert M. Parker Jr.'s THE WINE ADVOCATE
  Hitching Post Pinot Noir Fiddlestix Vineyard
a wonderful aromatic display of strawberry jam, cherries, spice box, dried herbs, and background notes of loamy soil and oak. Medium to full-bodied and elegant as well as authoritatively rich, this beauty can be drunk now and over the next 5-7 years. - 90 points Robert M. Parker Jr.'s THE WINE ADVOCATE
  Hitching Post Pinot Noir Highliner
Gorgeous aromas of raspberries, currants, cherries, oak and earth are followed by a fleshy, dark ruby-colored, broad, expansively flavored Pinot Noir that manages to be both substantial and delicate....it will provide immense pleasure over the next 5-6 years. - 90 points Robert M. Parker Jr.'s THE WINE ADVOCATE
  Hitching Post ST. RITA'S EARTH
exhibits sweet currant, plums, and strawberries, along with notions of barbeque spice and sassafras. Medium-bodied, attractive, and lush, it begs to be consumed over the next 2-3 years. - 88 points Robert M. Parker Jr.'s THE WINE ADVOCATE
  Hitching Post Syrah Bien Nacido Vineyard
[R]eveals a cooler climate character than its two siblings, along with more Crozes-Hermitage-like herbaceousness, and a bevy of red as well as black fruits. It almost feels like the fruit is being compressed, but it has good weight, purity, and ripeness. Drink this elegant Syrah over the next 7-8 years. - 88+ points Robert M. Parker Jr.'s THE WINE ADVOCATE
  Hitching Post Syrah Purisima Mountain
Reminiscent of a top-flight Cote Rotie, it is no wimpish wine at 14.9% alcohol, but I loved its raspberry, cassis, floral and tapenade notes, medium to full body, fine ripeness, and supple tannins. Enjoy this seductive Syrah over the next 6-7 years. 89+ points Robert M. Parker Jr.'s THE WINE ADVOCATE
  Pinot Noir CORK DANCER 4.2, Santa Barbara County
[A] sexy, seductive effort possessing a medium ruby color, sweet currants, plums, and raspberries, a round, elegant texture, and a long supple finish. Enjoy it over the next 3-4 years. - 88 points Robert M. Parker Jr.'s THE WINE ADVOCATE
  Pinot Noir Julia's Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley
Aromas of smoke, cherries, currants, flowers, spice box and earth are accompanied by a full-bodied, juicy, succulent, layered, multi-dimensional wine with a sexy, heady finish. Enjoy it over the next 5-7 years. - 91 points Robert M. Parker Jr.'s THE WINE ADVOCATE
  Syrah BIG CIRCLE, Santa Barbara County
Hitching Post 2003 Syrah Santa Barbara is a mouthfilling, substancial, fleshy, juicy Syrah with terrific fruit as well asloads of cassis, licorice, underbrush, and leathery characteristics presented in a slightly monolithic, but satisfying manner. Drink it over the next 3-4 years. 88 points Robert M. Parker Jr.'s THE WINE ADVOCATE

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