Made famous in the film Sideways, Hitching Post are rightfully considered a top producer of Pinot Noir in California. This example comes from Santa Barbara and has juicy flavours of ripe cherry, an earthy touch, seductive spice and strikes a great balance between bright fruitiness and savoury character.
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. These are traditional wines, aged in French Oak, bottled unfiltered, redolent in vibrant fruit with� an intense vein of spice and earthiness but always with balancing fresh acidity.