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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 2019

96 points, James Suckling -” There’s real purity of fruit here with cherries, strawberries and roses on the nose. Some watermelon, too. Full-bodied with firm, racy tannins that are long and beautiful. The wine has so much length and beauty. Floral and subtle, yet driven, with pure fruit and balance. White pepper. Still reserved. Better in 2023 and after.”


Hirsch West Ridge Pinot Noir 2019

97 points, James Suckling -”Very transparent and fresh aromas of sliced strawberries, lemons and pomegranate. Medium to full body with firm, linear tannins that run through the wine, giving it energy and form. It’s really long. I like the earth, lightly smoked meat and fruit at the end. Always sophisticated and fine. Drink in 2024, but already a beautiful bottle.”


Hirsch San Andreas Fault Pinot Noir 2019

96 points, James Suckling - ”Wonderful purity of fruit to this with ripe-strawberry, citrus and raspberry aromas that follow through to a medium to full body with very intense, powerful tannins that show strength and structure. Vibrant acidity. This needs time to soften. Blend of various vineyards on the site. Try after 2024."


Hirsch East Ridge Pinot Noir 2019

95 points, James Suckling -”Aromas of ripe strawberries with blueberries, iron and cedar follow through to a tight and full body with firm, slightly chewy tannins and a fresh finish. Not giving much at the end of the palate. Spice, such as cloves, in the aftertaste. Give it time to open. Try after 2023.”


Hirsch Raschen Ridge Pinot Noir 2019

95 points, James Suckling - ”Lots of blue fruit and dried flowers with so much vivd raspberry character. It’s medium-to full-bodied with very firm tannins that are chewy and intense. Racy at the end. High elevation on the estate. Needs a few years to open. Try after 2023.”


Hirsch Reserve Pinot Noir 2019

95 points, James Suckling - ”Ripe and open with generous fruit character on the nose, suggesting plums and ripe strawberries. Some flowers, too. Full-bodied with round, ripe tannins and a chewy palate, yet it remains soft and very attractive. Give this two to four years to soften. Try after 2024.”