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Trophy for Best Pinot Noir - Six Nations Wine Challenge 2019


Number 1 Pinot Noir of 1479 blind tasted - Wine & Spirits Magazine 2018 'Top 50' Edition

"The Hirsch family's Sonoma Coast estate is undoubtedly one for the great vineyard sites in the United States." - Antonio Galloni

“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…” 

- Hugh Johnson, The World of Fine Wine, Issue 48


Hirsch Vineyards is recognised as one of the finest Pinot Noir vineyards in the New World, described by the Wine Spectator as a “California grand cru". Founded by David Hirsch in 1980, it is the oldest premium Pinot Noir planting on the True Sonoma Coast, providing fruit over the years to Williams Selyem, Littorai, Kistler and many others. In 2002, with a full understanding of his vineyard gained over nearly 20 vintages, Hirsch decided to build a winery and bottle the best parcels of fruit under his own label. There is huge complexity of soil and topography across the vineyard, with 67 individual blocks being picked and vinified separately each year. The process of farming to enable an early harvest has been honed over many vintages, ensuring terroir is never masked by ripeness, and delivering wines of refinement, grace and intensity of flavour without weight. Now fully biodynamic, winemaking has been decidedly hands-off from the outset, and the resulting Pinot Noir - more earthy, more savoury, and with a remarkable ability to age and develop in the cellar - are some of the most highly praised and sought after in the United States.


Hirsch Block 8 Pinot Noir 2017

96 points, James Suckling -” The iron-rich soils of this single parcel deliver a strikingly spicy and seductively complex nose with a wealth of ripe red cherries and wildflowers in play. So much going on here. Fleshy and attractively juicy cherries on the palate. Very polished, long and defined tannins really impress. Drink or hold.”


Hirsch West Ridge Pinot Noir 2017

94 points, James Suckling -”There’s a wealth of fresh, brambly red cherries and berries here with faint, grassy and forest woody notes, too. This is strikingly pure and vibrant pinot. The palate has a succulent, lithe, juicy and seductively fine feel with such pristine red cherries, delivered in an enlivened, focused mode. Fresh and powerful Pinot at just 12% abv. Drink or hold.”


Hirsch San Andreas Fault Pinot Noir 2017

93 points, James Suckling - ”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.”


Hirsch East Ridge Pinot Noir 2015

94 points, Antonio Galloni -”The 2015 Pinot Noir Estate East Ridge is a dark, powerful wine – similar to the Raschen Ridge – but with a greater backbone of structure. Black cherry fruit, leather and spice are some of the many nuances that build as this powerful, dense wine shows off its bold personality. I would prefer to cellar the 2015 to allow some of the tannin to melt away. This is an impressive showing.”


Hirsch Raschen Ridge Pinot Noir 2015

93 points, Antonio Galloni - ”The 2015 Pinot Noir Estate Raschen Ridge is one of the most flamboyant wine I have ever tasted from Hirsch. A rush of super-ripe black cherry, tobacco, spice and new leather fleshes out in a creamy, supple Pinot that captures all of the natural exuberance of the year. Silky tannins and voluptuous fruit add to the wine's considerable appeal. Even with all of its intensity, the 2015 retains terrific freshness and cut. Some of the Hirsch 2015s are subtle. That is not the case here. The Raschen Ridge is decidedly bold. It is also flat-out gorgeous.”


Hirsch Reserve Pinot Noir 2014

17+/20 points, Jancis Robinson MW - ”Pretty tight nose but the palate has more expressive style with rhubarb and cranberry fruit and brisk acidity. Appreciably more concentrated than their San Andreas Fault bottling, and deserving of more bottle age to unfurl. Admirably ambitious in terms of longevity. Extremely pale crimson. Edgy, crisp, cool nose. Featherlight. Very ‘In Pursuit of Balance’! Both fruity and floral. Still quite chewy and ambitious with a bone-dry finish.”