SONOMA COAST - USA
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
It would be impossible to overstate the impact and legacy of David Hirsch on the viticultural scene in the United States. When he bought his remote ranch, perched high on the very cool Sonoma Coast, in 1978 there wasn't a vineyard for miles around, but his decision to plant Pinot Noir in 1980 established him as one of California's new viticultural pioneers. 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.
Jasmine Hirsch, David's daughter and one of the most insightful and considerate winemakers you will ever meet, now runs the estate. 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.