2010 Hirsch Vineyards "San Andreas Fault" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir (Previously $60)
Dry and tart in acidity, this Pinot Noir offers cherry-skin-like tannins that give the palate a brittle sensation. Give it 5-6 years to let the raspberry and cherry flavors meld with the notes of oak and mineral. It should last the next 15 years, gradually losing its fruit and gaining earthy, mushroomy complexities. Cellar Selection - S. H
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Dark red cherries, spices, game and licorice all emerge from the 2010 Pinot Noir San Andreas Fault. A medium-bodied Pinot, the 2010 is harmonious and quite pretty. At times, the 2010 comes across as a bit wild and compact, as the fruit has not yet fully emerged. Today the 2010 appears to need more time in bottle to fully come together, although I imagine it will always reflect the personality of the years in its slender personality. Savory herbs, licorice and tobacco add complexity on the firm, structured finish. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2022. David Hirsch provided what is, in my opinion, one of the key insights into the 2011 vintage on the Sonoma Coast. Hirsch commented that 2010 and 2011 were both similar. In 2010, he noted the skies were cloudy for much of the year, while rain just before harvest complicated things. Hirsch describes 2011 as a year with very clear skies, a lot of light and cool temperatures that never exceeded 90 degrees. As for the wines, well, they are gorgeous. I have not tasted all of the 2011 Pinots, but based on the Bohan Dillon, I will not be surprised if they turn out slightly better than the 2010s, which are a bit on the slender side. Still, there can be no question this is one of the premier sites for Pinot in the United States. Ross Cobb blended and bottled the 2009s, while 2010 is the first vintage Cobb made from beginning to end.
A great opportunity to own one of the top Pinot's made in California for a deep discount. We were able to score a "last of vintage" hot price for this wine that is sure to sell out quickly! The Hirsch Vineyards, out on the chilly far reaches of the Sonoma Coast, has been providing fruit to some of the biggest names in California Pinot for the last 30 years, including Littorai and Williams-Selyem. The San Andreas Fault Pinot is the Hirsch family's flagship Pinot Noir, and it perfectly captures the essence of the fruit grown on this estate. The 2010 vintage was particularly cold on the coast, creating a wine that is even more elegant and restrained than vintages past. If you like cool climate Pinot Noir then you won't want to miss this. It's Sonoma Coast Pinot at its best!