2011 Failla "Hirsch Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

SKU #1140928 94 points 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.  (4/ 2013)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Cellar Selection* Youíll need to give this young pup some years in the cellar, because as constructed, itís tough and hard. The acids and tannins stand out, while the fruit and oak have not been integrated. But itís 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.  (12/ 2009)

93 points 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.  (6/ 2013)

K&L Notes

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.

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Varietal:

Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spštburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
Specific Appellation:

Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).