2010 Hirsch Vineyards "Reserve" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

SKU #1196337 92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 This is a bit more aromatically complex than the East Ridge with plenty of spice influence on the ripe and very fresh aromas of red currant, dark berries and again soft floral elements. There is first rate intensity and detail to the solidly well-concentrated middle weight flavors that culminate in a strikingly complex and persistent finish. This understated and brooding effort is also youthfully austere and will need 7 to 10 years of cellar time to reach its full apogee. Drink: 2018+ *Outstanding*  (10/2013)

92 points James Suckling

 Lots of strawberry and cherry aromas and flavors that give an almost jammy character yet, the wine is pure and fresh with a medium body and firm tannins. A rich yet tense wine with form and beauty. Drink or hold. A blend of the best vineyard parcels of Hirsch. Only 293 cases made.  (10/2016)

92 points Vinous

 Next to the 2011, the 2010 Pinot Noir Reserve comes across as a bit wild. Sweet tobacco, earthiness and dried flowers add complexity. There is plenty of structure in the glass, but the slightly angular contours lead me to believe the 2010 will always be a bit rough around the edges. (AG)  (2/2014)

92 points Wine & Spirits

 Delicate red fruit drives this wine, oak char adding some density to the persimmon and cherry notes. The oak emphasizes the wine’s meaty depth, like the taste of quail off the grill. This was Ross Cobb’s first vintage at Hirsch; the Reserve is his barrel selection from 11 of the oldest blocks in the vineyard. A heady evocation of this far coast site, this wine should age with grace.  (10/2013)

K&L Notes

Praise from Antonio Galloni: "Hirsch is one of the most dramatic sites I have ever seen. Anywhere. The drive from Peay to Hirsch, with its dipping, curvy roads and spectacular views of the Pacific, is unforgettable. Don't worry about taking your cell phone. It won't work out here anyway. The sprawling estate covers 1,000 acres, of which 68 are under vine. David Hirsch's intuition to plant Pinot has turned out to be a divine inspiration, as this is without question one of the very best sites for Pinot Noir anywhere in California. Ross Cobb makes wines that are distinctive and loaded with personality." ("Sonoma and Beyond: New Releases," 02/2014)

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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.


- 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.
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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).