Hirsch Vinerards San Andreas Fault Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast 2018

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The 2018 San Andreas Fault Estate Pinot Noir is charming and complex, with a captivating dark cherry nose with notes of licorice and baking spice. The tannins are gentle yet present, making this a perfect wine for both the impatient drinker and the collector.   

The San Andreas Fault is Hirsch Vineyards’ signature Pinot Noir and is crafted to represent the entirety of this multifaceted vineyard. The 2018 San Andreas Fault has fruit from 45 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.

95 Jeb Dunnuck

The 2018 Pinot Noir San Andreas Fault is one of the more up-front, fruit-driven wines in the lineup. It offers ample Bing cherry and almost blackberry and mulberry-like fruit supported by sappy herb and flower aromas and flavors. Nicely textured on the palate, medium to full-bodied, up-front and juicy, it has lots of charm and will unquestionably continue to drink nicely for at least 7-8 years, and I suspect even longer.

93 Decanter
The flagship Hirsch Pinot Noir. Fresh flowers, sage and candy floss aromas lead to a spry and polished palate, with a soft but upright spine of red fruits through the core. Subtly nutty and powdery on the finish. Sourced from 28ha of Pinot Noir vineyards, with half coming from 30- to 40-year-old vines and the other half from from 20-year-old vines.
94 James Suckling
Lots of pure fruit here with crushed strawberries, flowers, dried mushrooms and bark on the nose, following through to a full body with loads of ripe fruit and chewy tannins. It’s an intense red with lots of fruit-driven character but, it’s got freshness and energy. Give it another two or three years of bottle age.
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