2009 Williams-Selyem "Hirsch" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Soft and ripe enough to drink now, after a decent decanting, it shows pure raspberry, blueberry and cherry fruit flavors, subtlely accented with cola and baking spices, and all of it wrapped into thick but smooth tannins. Good as it is, it will gain traction over the next 15 years.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright ruby. Spicy red and dark berries and cherry-cola on the nose, with complicating notes of dried rose, white pepper and fruitcake. Light on its feet but very concentrated, offering powerful red fruit and floral pastille flavors that expand in the mid-palate. Becomes deeper and smokier with air while maintaining its balance and focus. This leads with finesse but there's sneaky power as well. Finishes racy and pure, with an echo of bitter cherry and excellent persistence. (ST)
Wine & Spirits
A selection of three blocks from David Hirsch’s far-coast vineyard near Fort Ross, this is made up of three heritage clones: Mt. Eden (block 4B), Pommard (5E) and Swan (6F). Give this time in a decanter and the delicate weave of flavor opens into a peacock’s tail of colors and intricate patterns, the vanillin of the oak, the black olive tones of the tannins, the high-toned strawberry and orange-scented fruit all secondary to the refinement of the presentation and the energy that drives it. A joyous young vintage, this will age for a decade or more.
*One Star* Drawn from an especially cool coastal site, this lively, somewhat leaner look at Pinot is at once bright and firmly balanced without sacrificing incisive, red-cherry fruit. Its acidity is obvious from the outset, and it does lean to tartness on the palate, but its fruit holds and holds, and it should relax a little with age. It is not one for drinking with hearty fare, but it will shine when matched up with the likes of ahi tuna or salmon in creamy sauces.
A wine that is a little subdued now but shows a full-body with lots of fruit. Finishing slightly loosely knit and firm.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2009 Pinot Noir Hirsch Vineyard weaves across the palate with layers of expressive, ripe red fruit. The Hirsch impresses for its delineation and nuance, both of which are on full display here. Sweet dark berries, spices and licorice add complexity as the wine opens up in the glass. (AG)
This trim, balanced Pinot shows a mineral, wet-rock edge to the snappy berry flavors. Medium-bodied, refreshingly vibrant and mouthwatering. (JL)