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