2011 Failla "Hirsch Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
From one of the great sites in California, the 2011 Pinot Noir Hirsch Vineyard is impeccably nuanced and layered from start to finish. Black cherries, menthol, licorice and sweet spices all flesh out in a textured Pinot that impresses for its transparency. This is a great Hirsch Pinot in every way. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2026.
*Cellar Selection* You’ll need to give this young pup some years in the cellar, because as constructed, it’s tough and hard. The acids and tannins stand out, while the fruit and oak have not been integrated. But it’s an enormously rich, complicated Pinot Noir, offering tiers of cherries, currants, cola, pomegranates, licorice, orange peel and sweet smoky oak, and the texture is pure silk. Better after 2011 and through 2014.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright, deep red with ruby highlights. Superripe aromas and flavors of black cherry, sassafras, tea leaf and blood orange. Rich, ripe and broad, boasting strong, penetrating fruit of great depth. Wonderfully savory in the middle palate and crunchy and bracing on the aftertaste. The high quality of this site comes through loud and clear.
Carved into a multi-faceted diamond of unique blocks that highlight a vast array of exposures and soil profiles, the Hirsch Vineyard represents our most complex fusion of Pinot Noir elements. Mostly destemmed, each lot was aged separately sur-lie until bottling. Intense aromas of white flowers, pepper and blueberry pie. Classic Hirsch elegance comes courtesy of the Mt. Eden clone - a lush feminine silkiness on the palate which complements the chiseled tannins and fresh acidity of the ubiquitous Pommard clone. Will age well for 12-15 years.