2012 Siduri "Hirsch Vineyard" Fort Ross-Seaview Pinot Noir

SKU #1195656 91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A cool and airy nose of mostly red berry fruit and soft spice scents introduces refined, intense and well-detailed flavors that possess a lilting mouth feel before terminating in a balanced and lingering finish. This is really quite a refined effort and I especially like the sense of harmony on the dusty finish. Lovely.  (10/2014)

91 points Connoisseurs Guide

 *Two Stars* This is an exceptionally well-made wine that proves richness and nuance, structure and size can comfortably co-exist, and its mix of expressive, very precise, ripe-cherry fruit and temperate oak spice should delight Pinot fans of most every persuasion. While it offers lots to like now, it is impeccably balanced and just firm enough to dissuade hasty drinking, and it has the right stuff in all the right places to shine even more brightly some three to five years hence.  (6/2014)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Adam’s 2012 Pinot Noir Hirsch Vineyard is a savory, structured and complex effort that will benefit from short-term cellaring. Pepper, ground herbs, forest floor and gunpowder-like minerality all emerge from this beauty, and it has medium-bodied depth and richness, as well as chewy tannin on the finish. (JD)  (10/2014)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright ruby. Ripe cherry and blackberry aromas are complicated by anise and candied flowers. Fleshy and broad on entry, then tighter in the mid-palate, offering juicy red and dark berry flavors with a touch of mocha. Youthful tannins build on the mineral-accented finish, with the dark fruit and floral notes echoing. Shows a pretty masculine take on this site, which I usually associate with a redder fruit character. (ST)  (5/2014)


 Siduri's 2012 Pinot Noir Hirsch Vineyard is very pretty. The richness of the vintage here comes through, but so do the typical notes of this great coastal site. Rose petals, violets, mint and dark red cherries lift from the glass in the 2012 Pinot Noir Hirsch Vineyard. This, too, though looks like it is best enjoyed within the next 3-5 years, while the fruit remains vibrant. (AG)  (2/2014)

Wine Enthusiast

 *Cellar Selection* Evoking the richness and slightly tart deliciousness of a strawberry-rhubarb compote, this is a bright, vibrant and chewy Pinot, its dry tannins peaking on the finish. From a great vineyard site long sourced by the producer, it's on the lighter side in terms of body and weight, and may need further time to come into its own, through 2017. (VB)  (5/2015)

Wine Spectator

 Tight and well-structured, with a core of loamy, earth-laced blackberry, gravel, cedar and graphite notes, ending with firm, dry tannins. (JL, Web-2015)

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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 Spätburgunder 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.

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.


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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).