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2010 Hirsch "San Andreas Fault" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

SKU #1116525 93 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark 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* Inner quote mark (4/2013)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Vivid red. Smoke- and spice-accented aromas of black raspberry, anise and incense. Shows assertive inner-mouth perfume and sweet red and dark berry character, along with a note of candied rose. Closes tight, tangy and long, with a resinous herb quality and silky tannins. (ST) Inner quote mark (6/2013)

Connoisseurs Guide

Outer quote mark We confess to liking this wine's fragrant aromas of fresh berries, cherries, minerals and citrus, but its leaner, acid-framed flavors show a touch of something green at work, and its slightly wiry finish is punctuated by a bit of lemon zest. We like its pert and lively manner, and, even if it seems likely to stay on the lighter end of the varietal spectrum, we like its chances to grow for a couple of years. Inner quote mark (2/2013)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark 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. (AG) Inner quote mark (4/2013)

K&L Notes

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, you won't want to miss this. It's Sonoma Coast Pinot at its best!


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By: Christie Brunick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/1/2013 | Send Email
I'm always a big fan of Hirsch Vineyards Pinot Noir, but at this price I'm their #1 fan! Compared to most Sonoma coast pinots that can be a touch over-ripe and dark purple in color, Hirsch shows way more pure Burgundian qualities such as the lighter dark pink color in the glass with exotic floral and spice notes, even a touch of blood orange peel. It shows elegance, brightness, pure strawberry seed, great acid and minerality so you can drink now or wait a few years and compare it with your Burgundy snob friends! Don't miss out on this one!

By: Mari Keilman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/1/2013 | Send Email
The "San Andreas Fault" is their flagship wine and this wonderful old-world style pinot noir is the perfect example of how beautifully elegant California pinot noir can be in cooler vintages. Elegant notes of pomegranate, bright cherry and ripe raspberry pair harmoniously with the earthier sweet forest floor and smokey flavors that emerge on the finish.

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