Perched on a ridge overlooking the Pacific Ocean at Fort Ross,Hirsch Vineyards is the birth ground of great pinot noir and Chardonnay on the extreme Sonoma Coast. David Hirsch founded the vineyard in 1980 to grow fruit and make site-specific wine. From the start all efforts have been on the growing of fruit that makes wines with profound characteristics of the site vintage after vintage. The (4 acre) Chardonnay vineyard was planted in 1994 with clippings from J. Rochiolli. Various great wineries (Kistler, Littorai, etc) have been purchasing this amazing fruit for years. The first Hirsch “Estate” Chardonnay dates back to 2006.
Hirsch 2017 “San Andreas” Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast – 93 Points
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Winery Notes: “The San Andreas Fault is Hirsch Vineyards’ signature pinot noir and is crafted to represent the entirety of this multifaceted vineyard. The 2017 San Andreas Fault has fruit from 28 distinct farming blocks. It is the flagship wine from Hirsch, and the wine that represents the summation of our complex vineyard. Our 2017 Pinot Noirs are characterized by charming ripe fruit, supple tannins, and a juicy fruit character. The 2017 San Andreas is an ideal wine for drinking at any point over the next ten years: it is wonderfully open and expressive already, with the acidity and backbone to age for some years to come.”
Robert Parker 93 Points: “The 2017 Pinot Noir San Andreas Fault has a delicately played nose with touches of cinnamon stick, dried leaves, perfumed earth and a mineral vein plus rose petal perfume, red berries and black fruit sparks. The palate is light to medium-bodied with delicate intensity and well-balanced fruit and earth character, knit by grainy tannins and juicy freshness, finishing long and nuanced”