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Hirsch Vineyards "San Andreas Fault" Pinot Noir 2016 [375ml HALF BOTTLE] (Sonoma County, California) - [RP 93+] [AG 93]
Hirsch Vineyards "San Andreas Fault" Pinot Noir 2016 [375ml HALF BOTTLE] (Sonoma County, California) - [RP 93+] [AG 93]


 
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Winery: Hirsch Vineyards
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Region: Sonoma County, California
Vintage: 2016
Bottle Size: 375 ml

Product Code: HIRSCHPINOTSANANDREAS16-H-W
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Press / Wine Critic's Reviews
 
Notes From The Winemaker:
The San Andreas Fault is Hirsch Vineyards’ signature Pinot Noir and is crafted to represent the entirety of this multifaceted vineyard. The 2016 San Andreas Fault has fruit from 33 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”.

Hirsch Vineyards is comprised of 72 acres, divided into 67 individual farming blocks, corresponding to the dramatic and sudden changes in soil and aspect created by the Fault. This degree of fragmentation is unmatched even by the famously subdivided vineyards of Burgundy’s Côte de Nuits. The vineyard has a fearsome diversity of soils, aspects, elevations and microclimates. This complexity defines our farming and winemaking practices: each block was individually developed and is now farmed, harvested and vinified separately.


Ratings & Reviews

93+ Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"Medium ruby colored, the 2016 Pinot Noir San Andreas Fault is youthfully shy on the nose, giving up strawberry and raspberry preserves, bergamot, amaro, rose petals, charcuterie and pipe tobacco. The light to medium-bodied palate offers nuanced red fruits with firm, grainy tannins, finishing on a bitters note. 3,488 cases produced." - Erin Brooks (30th Apr 2019)

93 Points - Vinous:

"Hirsch's Pinot Noir Estate San Andreas Fault is absolutely gorgeous in 2016. The flavors are bold, punchy and super-expressive. More importantly, I see more depth and complexity than in the past. Black cherry, plum, lavender and spice all race out of the glass. Pliant, deep and inviting, the 2016 is arrestingly beautiful. The decision to bottle early, with 11 months in oak as opposed to 18-20 as was previously the norm, paid off big time." Antonio Galloni - (May 2019)


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