2017 Hirsch San Andreas Fault Pinot Noir

Sonoma Coast, California

Aromatic, intense and energising biodynamic Pinot Noir from rural northern California.


In the pantheon of classic California Pinot Noir sites, Hirsch Vineyards is at the pinnacle.

Decanter Magazine

About The Wine

The San Andreas Fault Pinot is Hirsch's flagship blended wine, a mix of 28 vineyard plots across the 72 acres of biodynamic vineyard and farm land.

Pale brick red in colour with explosive fresh red fruit and spice aromas. Gently intense palate that will need time in glass or bottle to fully reveal itself. Super fine, and featherweight in feel, with attractive sandy tannins. Some undergrowthy, mulchy notes just starting to emerge, with more to come.

Winemaking literally on the edge - the Fault itself is only half a mile from the vineyards...

About Hirsch Vineyards

The iconic Hirsch Vineyards estate was founded by pioneer farmer and future winemaker David Hirsch back in 1980, on a spectacular setting overlooking the Pacific Ocean at the northern tip of Sonoma County. The have the oldest premium Pinot Noir vineyard on the true Sonoma Coast.

For the first twenty years Hirsch was a source of outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to a slew of high-brow producers such as Littorai and Kistler. In 2002, the decision was taken to build a winery and start making their own wines. The process of converting to biodynamic viticulture was completed in 2014 and now 72 acres of vines are fully biodynamic.

The Hirsch Pinots are tightly coiled, minimalist, low alchohol, exceptional cellarworthy wines. As Hugh Johnson put it in The World of Fine Wine magazine, (issue #48) “This was Pinot Noir of a kind I had never seen, and didn’t expect to see, in California. Nor in Burgundy, for that matter… My impression was of Pinot flavour at it’s most electrically alive…”

Founder David Hirsch
Founder David Hirsch
Sonoma Coast, California
Additional Info

From The Producer

The 2017 San Andreas Fault Estate Pinot Noir is characterized by red fruit intermingled with an earthy complexity, supple tannins, and a juicy fruit character. This 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.

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.

Over 37 years of farming and winemaking on the True Sonoma Coast, David Hirsch’s accumulated wisdom has shown us that the dominant influence on our farming and winemaking is the San Andreas Fault, which lies just half a mile from the Hirsch Vineyard. The wine that captures the complexity, power and energy of this geologic phenomenon is our San Andreas Fault Estate Pinot Noir, the wine that David calls “the Hirsch Hirsch”.

Blend : Pinot Noir (100%)
ABV : 12.7%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2028
Bottle Size : 750ml

Hirsch Block 8 Vineyard
Hirsch Block 8 Vineyard
Sonoma Coast, California
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews


"A homage to the great fault line near Hirsch, this pinot has a brambly, rich array of red cherries and some blue-fruit notes with fresh, sappy, forest aromas, too. The palate has plenty of punchy tannin and forthright, fresh, unwavering drive. Drink or hold.” - James Suckling (


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